Saving the Quadricentennial Bur Oak - Plano, Texas
Published November 22, 2021 By STEVE HOUSER
Plano’s Quadricentennial Bur Oak is known to be the oldest living tree found in North Texas. Located in the southeast section of Plano’s Bob Woodruff Park, the tree is accessible to the public. The Quadricentennial Bur Oak tree is approximately 90 feet tall, 213 inches in circumference, and has a crown spread of 103 feet. For comparison, according to the Texas Forest Service Big Tree Registry, the Texas State Champion Bur Oak (the largest known Bur Oak in Texas) is in Tarrant County. It is 81 feet tall, 218 inches in circumference, and has a crown spread of 105 feet for a point total (or index) of 325.
Prior to the land becoming a city park, previous owners included the Dr. Daniel Rowlett Family, the Colonel Landon W. Oglesby Family, the William T. Land Family, William D. Prince, and the Claude C. Albritton Family. The Land Family used the timber on the property for their west Plano farm, but somehow the Bur Oak tree was spared.
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