#20:  Parent Washington Navel Orange Tree

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City Park, SW corner of Magnolia and Arlington Aves, Riverside





Private Plaque



From the Guidebook:

The tree was introduced into the United States from Bahia, Brazil, by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 1870. Twelve young trees were received and buds from them were propagated on sweet orange seedlings. In 1873 two of these greenhouse-grown trees, which were distributed throughout the United States, were sent to Mrs. Eliza Tibbets in Riverside.

From the plaque:

To honor Mrs. Eliza Tibbets and to commend her good work in planting at Riverside in 1873, the first Washington navel orange trees in California, native to Bahia, Brazil. Proved the most valuable fruit introduction yet made by the United States Department of Agriculture, 1920.

2009 David Schmitt