Fremont, California: Mini-Forest of Crate-Bound Oak Trees

When a nursery closed in the 1960s, its oak tree saplings were left in their wooded crates. Now they're oak trees, the nursery is a state park, and the crates have been left in place.

California Nursery Historical Park

Address:
36550 Niles Blvd, Fremont, CA
Directions:
California Nursery Historical Park. I-880 exit 21. Drive north on Decoto Rd for two miles. Turn right at the stoplight onto Alvarado-Niles Rd. Drive about two miles. Turn right at the stoplight onto Nursery Ave. and into the Park.
Hours:
Park daily dawn-dusk. Museum Su 1-4. (Call to verify)
Phone:
510-790-2049
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Forest of Crate-Bound Oak Trees

California Nursery Historical Park was originally a thriving nursery from 1865 up to the 1960s. It is now a state park. The rose garden is nice in season, but the curiosity worth seeing is an avenue of "boxed" oak trees. When the nursery went out of business, trees still in their wooden crates were abandoned and took root where they stood. The boxes have been enlarged to support the now full-sized oaks. It's a weirdly delightful sight.

[Julia McLeod, 06/03/2018]

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