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Cape Meares, Oregon: Octopus Tree

Sitka spruce distorted by Nature into a multi-trunked octo-thing.

Cape Meares State Park

Address:
3500 Cape Meares Lighthouse Drive, Cape Meares, OR
Directions:
Cape Meares State Park. At the end of Cape Meares Lighthouse Drive. Park, then follow the trail southeast, away from the lighthouse, to the Octopus Tree.
Hours:
Daily dawn-dusk. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
503-842-3182
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Octopus Tree.

Octopus Tree

Per the informational sign: "The forces that shaped this unique Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis) have been debated for many years. Whether natural events or possibly Native Americans were the cause remains a mystery. The tree measures more than 46 feet in circumference and has no central trunk. Instead, limbs extend horizontally from the base as much as 16 feet before turning upward. It is 105 feet tall and is estimated to be 250 to 300 years old."

[Daniel L. Jones, 05/09/2010]

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