Old Survivor Redwood Tree, Oakland, California 2

"His name is Old Survivor. He's a redwood tree and he's old." - Gordon and Larry Laverty 1

The Old Survivor Redwood Tree is a City of Oakland Historic Landmark, designated on June 24, 1980. Purported to be the oldest redwood in the East Bay, it's located in Leona Heights Park.

There is a plaque in the parking lot of the Carl B. Munck Elementary (11900 Campus Drive) near Redwood from which you can see the tree. The tree can also be seen from the York Trail. Actually getting to the base of the tree is fairly difficult.

 

Rediscovery

This Aug 13, 1969 Oakland Tribune  article (p. 28-A) describes the rediscovery of this tree by Oakland Parks Naturalist Paul Covel in what was then McCrea Memorial Park. A core ring count at the time by Glen Strouse at Humboldt State University put the tree's age at 415 - 429 years.

Links and References

  1. Old Survivor by Gordon and Larry Laverty Macarthur Metro
  2. Oakland California Landmarks