What you’re looking at is an historic tree. It’s the very first camphor tree planted in North America!
The now immense old camphor tree grows in the yard of the Britt-Scripps House in San Diego’s Bankers Hill!
I blogged about the Britt-Scripps House years ago here. The mansion was built in 1887 by Eugene Britt, then purchased in 1896 by newspaper publisher E.W. Scripps. (Today it’s for a sale again. And the price was recently reduced to under five million dollars. A bargain! To see photos of this historic house’s elegant interior, check out this page.)
The beautiful camphor tree was planted in 1885 by none other than horticulturist Kate Sessions, who introduced many of the majestic trees visitors see in Balboa Park today!
By the way, did you know one of the rarest plants in the entire world can be found in nearby Balboa Park?
A tree that is now extinct in the wild has found a home in the Botanical Building. A few years ago I blogged about that here!
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