Beyond

C. J. Olson Cherries

Spring in the Olson cherry orchard. Before it was Silicon Valley, it was the Valley of Heart’s Delight. Ten million fruit trees in 1910, most of them prunes. The Olson family and their orchards are a link to the family farms of the past century. The Olson’s were Swedish immigrants who settled in 1899 in Sunnyvale, before it was a …

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Sunnyvale Heritage Trees – 880-882 Hollenbeck

This pair of sycamores (Plantanus Acerfola) were planted on either side of the entry to Lester E. Bocks’ farm and fruit orchard in 1927. The ornamental trees were purchased from a San Jose nursery, as nothing like them were available in Sunnyvale at the time. The original 50 acre tract from 1850 owned by C. O. Bocks was the largest …

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Sunnyvale Heritage Tree – 550 E Remington

heritage coast live oak near senior center

This is a large Coast Live Oak. It started growing over 250 years ago: Before Silicon Valley, before the Valley of Hearts Delight. The first name of Sunnyvale, Encinal, was from the spanish word for the coast live oak. Quercus agrifolia, the coast live oak, is an evergreen oak. It grows west of the Sierra Nevada from Mendocino County, California, …

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Sunnyvale Heritage Tree – 674 Picasso Terrace

heritage coast live oak on picasso

This is a large Coast Live Oak with two massive trunks. It started growing over 250 years ago: Before Silicon Valley, before the Valley of Hearts Delight. The first name of Sunnyvale, Encinal, was from the spanish word for the coast live oak. Quercus agrifolia, the coast live oak, is an evergreen oak. It grows west of the Sierra Nevada …

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