Carpinteria, California: World's Largest Torrey Pine

A historical marker advises that the Wardholme Torrey Pine, planted in 1888, has grown to be the world's tallest, 126 ft. with a 130 ft. branch spread.
Carpinteria Ave, Carpinteria, CA
NE side of Carpinteria Ave near Walnut Ave.
Save to My Sights

Visitor Tips and News About World's Largest Torrey Pine

Reports and tips from visitors and Roadside America mobile tipsters. Some tips may not be verified. Submit your own tip.

World's Largest Torrey Pine

Several Great Blue Herons have built nests in this massive tree. Even as I stood admiring it I saw one fly off. Pretty cool!

[Sanbotical, 04/14/2019]
World's Largest Torrey Pine

The Wardholme Torrey Pine is considered the largest Torrey Pine in the world, noted on an adjacent historical marker. The tree was brought from Santa Rosa island when still a seedling and planted in Carpinteria in 1888 by Judge Thomas Ward near his home. Local legend indicates that in the 1880's there was a polite but heated competition between the city residents to see who could grow the most unique plants, and when Judge Ward received this tree as a gift from his friend Townshend Stith Brandegee, he proudly planted it directly in front of his home.

The tree now measures approximately 126 feet tall, 20' 5" circumference, 130' branch spread. When Florence Ward inherited the property she dutifully continued caring for the tree and saw that it received professional maintenance; it was Florence who first proposed the tree should become an official landmark and be protected. In 1968 the tree was recognized as the city's "1st Official Landmark."

There was a celebration in 1988 for the tree's 100-year anniversary. In 2005 there was a movement to save it from potential development of the lot by commercial and residential developers.

[Gina Taylor, 02/13/2011]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Sambo's Restaurant BirthplaceSambo's Restaurant Birthplace, Santa Barbara, CA - 10 mi.
Moreton Bay Fig Tree - Largest in U.S.Moreton Bay Fig Tree - Largest in U.S., Santa Barbara, CA - 10 mi.
The Immortal Hand of Jerry GarciaThe Immortal Hand of Jerry Garcia, Santa Barbara, CA - 10 mi.
In the region:
Water Museum - Vista del Lago, Lebec, CA - 47 mi.

Latest Tips Across Roadside America

Catch up on the latest discoveries from the road.

Explore Thousands of Oddball Tourist Attractions!

Unique destinations in the U.S. and Canada are our special obsession. Use our attraction recommendation and maps to plan your next road trip.

September 27, 2020

My Sights

My Sights

Create and Save Your Own Crazy Road Trip!

Try My Sights

Roadside America app
Roadside Presidents app

California Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

Hat n' Boots, Seattle, Washington (Sep 21-27, 2020)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

More Sightings

Sightings. Arrives without warning. Leaves no burn marks. A free newsletter from Subscribe now! Hotel & Motel Finder

Special rates for hotels.

Nearby Hotels: Carpinteria, California

Nightly rates found:

Hotels Near...

Book Now