#1043:  Mother Orange Tree of Butte County

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Location 1:

400 Glen Drive, Oroville

39.511261, -121.504016

Location 2:

Lake Oroville State Recreation Area, end of Bidwell Canyon Rd, far end of parking lot, Oroville





State and Private Plaques


The state plaque is accessable at any time. The secondary site and plaque are in recreation area, access limited by hours of operation. Fee may be required.

From the Guidebook:

Judge Joseph Lewis planted this Mediterranean Sweet Orange seedling near the toll bridge at Bidwell’s Bar, Butte County, in 1856. It has survived hard times and is the oldest living orange tree in California. “From its example and largely from its offspring, a new industry was started in a new section hundreds of miles north of a known citrus region. It was a true Pioneer.” – Dr. H. J. Webber, Director, Citrus Experiment Station, Riverside, 1927. The Mother Orange was moved from Bidwell Bar during the construction of Oroville Dam in 1964 to protect it from inundation.

©2009 David Schmitt