ORLANDO (CityofOrlando.net) – The City of Orlando is home to numerous significant, historic and majestic trees.
The majority of the significant trees are located in and near Downtown, offering the opportunity for a pleasant bike tour that can start at Mayor Carl T. Langford Park on Central Boulevard and end at Orlando Loch Haven Park on Princeton Street.
The City has received Arbor Day Tree City USA recognition each year since 1976. Below is the Significant Tree Tour locations.
A natural refuge near Downtown Orlando, Mayor Carl T. Langford Park is filled with large Shumard Oak, Swamp Chestnut, Laurel and Live Oak trees.
Dickson Azalea Park
Around 100 years old, the Long Leaf Pine trees at Dickson Azalea Park are extremely tall because they need to be taller than the Oak trees alongside the ravine in which they grow.
Constitution Green Park
The big Live Oak at Constitution Green Park in Downtown Orlando is probably 125-175 years old. The tree has recumbent branching on one side, with branches touching the ground. There was another tree on the opposite side and as a result, crown adaptation – forcing the growth of branches in other directions – has occurred.
Lake Eola Park
Large Live Oak trees line Lake Eola Park along Central Boulevard. The trees help provide ample shade throughout the City’s most popular park.
Big Tree Park
Likely between 350 and 400 years old, the oldest tree in Orlando is located at Big Tree Park. Live Oaks can live for centuries.
Harry P. Leu Gardens
A 50-acre botanical oasis, Leu Gardens features an allee of huge Camphor trees. Native to China and Japan, Camphor trees were introduced into Florida in 1875 and are able to displace native trees and plants.
Orlando Loch Haven Park
Over 200 years old, “The Mayor,” is a Live Oak that has survived despite limb breaks in 2008 and 1998.