Saving the Quadricentennial - Quincentennial Bur Oak in Plano, Texas
Originally Published November 22, 2021 By STEVE HOUSER (Edited August 2022)
The Plano Quadri/Quincentennial Bur Oak is believed 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 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 and 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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