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Riverside, California: Parent Navel Orange Tree

Every navel orange grown and eaten in California is a descendant of this tree. Not to be confused with the "Mother Orange Tree" up in Oroville. 2020: Inside protective dome due to insect dangers.

7115 Magnolia Ave., Riverside, CA
On the southwest corner of Arlington and Magnolia Aves. Riverside Fwy exit onto Arlington Ave., drive west, then take the second left onto Magnolia Ave. The parking area is on the right, just past the tree.
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Parent Navel Orange Tree

Just checked in on the parent tree, and it's still enclosed in its protective canopy.

[LaGina McDowell, 06/14/2021]

Shrine of the Parent Navel Orange Tree.

Parent Navel Orange Tree

The tree is inside a protective barrier now. Has been for years, according to locals.

[Angellee, 10/09/2020]

In a way, that's better -- a fruit shrine, with the parent tree shrouded but visible through translucent walls.

Parent Navel Orange Tree

The Mother Navel Orange Tree is sealed up, and has been for some time. It looks like a big white portable greenhouse. An insect that spreads a bacteria which causes a disease known as citrus greening is the cause for concern.

[Angellee, 09/22/2020]

Parent Navel Orange Tree.

Parent Navel Orange Tree

Quite a busy intersection, and the locals can be very impatient.

[Randy, 06/17/2010]

We recently stopped by to pay our respects to our citrus elders, and parked behind the monument in a small lot. Couldn't tell if it was privately owned by the adjacent building, so we didn't linger long.

Parent Navel Orange Tree

If you look closely at the Parent Navel Orange Tree, you'll see an interesting feature: Sometime before 1950, the roots of this tree began to die. It was decided to plant 16 small trees around the base of the original tree, grafting their trunks onto the trunk of the main tree. You can still see them today.

[Kent Burtner, 04/26/2010]

That kind of Dr. Frankenstein ingenuity forces our important tree landmarks to keep living!

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Southern California Medical MuseumSouthern California Medical Museum, Riverside, CA - 1 mi.
Sanchez's Beer Bottle Chapel, Folk ArtSanchez's Beer Bottle Chapel, Folk Art, Riverside, CA - 3 mi.
Mother of the California Citrus IndustryMother of the California Citrus Industry, Riverside, CA - 3 mi.
In the region:
Top Gun House, Oceanside, CA - 52 mi.

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