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WATTS HOUSE HERITAGE TREES
 
 
Tree #1
Western Red Cedar – Giant Arbor-vitae (Thuja plicata)
Approximately 112 years old
This tree is shown in a picture of the Watts Family’s new home in 1902 where it is about 2-3 ft high at that time.  This is important as we can document this tree was part of the Watts’ original landscaping.
This is an evergreen coniferous tree which means it doesn’t lose it “leaves” or green foliage in the fall and winter.  It stays green all year.
The Cedar tree is extremely healthy and should stand for many years.
Height: 91 ft         Crown Spread: 33 ft          
 Circumference: 45.3”
 
  
 
 
 
 
                                                         
 
Tree #2 and #4 Pacific Yew or Western Yew
(front and back yard)
(Taxus brevifolia)
Approximately 90-100 years old
This is a very special tree.  Yews are thought to have descended from Paleotaxus rediviva yew , which was found imprinted on Triassic era fossils laid down more than 200,000,000 years ago.  Scientists are currently studying the medicinal properties of the Yew tree bark.  The Yew is a deciduous tree which means it does lose its leaves in the fall.
                Height: 45 ft       Crown Spread:  55 ft                        
 Circumference: 57”            
 
 
 
 
Tree #3
Common Horse Chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum)
Approximately 100 years old
Planted during time Watts Family lived in home
This tree shows many cavities (round circles) where limbs were removed in past 
decades.   The Chestnut is a deciduous tree which means it too loses its leaves in the fall.  Our tree is healthy despite its scared trunk.  Even though this species of tree produces “nuts” in the fall, don’t eat them as they will make you ill.      
        Height:  58 ft               
Crown Spread:   37ft                                           
Circumference: 30”
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tree #5
 Douglas Fir or Green Douglas Fir
(Pseudotsuga menziesii)
Approximately 112 years old
While we do not have an early picture of this tree its age suggests it was also planted during the construction or early years of the Watts Family new home. 
This too is an evergreen coniferous tree which means it doesn’t lose it “leaves” or green foliage in the fall and winter.  It stays green all year.
The Douglas Fir trees that grow in the Pacific Northwest can grow to be hundreds of years old and are some of the biggest fir trees in the world due to our damp, mild climate.
Height: 58 ft              Crown Spread: 37 ft    
Circumference: 30”
 
 
 
 
In order to be designated a Heritage Tree it must be of significant historical value either tied to a City or Person or Event.   Our trees were either already on the homested property of the Watts or planted around the time the house was being built in 1902.
 
There is a picture in the Watts House of tree #1, taken approximately 1915.  In this picture the Cedar tree is about 4-6 ft tall.  It now stands at 91 ft.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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