LA's Oldest Palm Tree Thrives after 150 Years

In Los Angeles, where “historic” is a relative term, a 150-year-old house is remarkable. How about a 150-year-old palm tree?

That’s the estimated age of the fan palm located at Exposition Park’s Figueroa Street entrance. The palm began its life in a desert canyon, then was transplanted to San Pedro Street in the late 1850s. In 1888 the tree, now 30 feet tall, was moved again, this time to Arcade Station at Central and Fifth streets.

Several decades later, the planned expansion of the Southern Pacific railroad station required that the fan palm be moved a third time, this time to its present site. The tree now tops 100 feet and is likely the city’s oldest.

Full Story: L.A.'s Oldest Palm Tree

Comments

Prepare for the AICP* Exam

Join the thousands of students who have utilized the Planetizen AICP* Exam Preparation Class to prepare for the American Planning Association's AICP* exam.
Starting at $245
AICP CTP Storefont Display

The first online AICP* CTP exam prep class

Are you ready to take the AICP* Certified Transportation Planner exam?
Priced at $245 for May exam!

City Coasters

Hand-drawn engraved maps of your favorite neighborhoods are divided up across 4 coasters making each one unique.
$36.00

NEW! Get the "Green Bible"

Understand the complexities of planning at the local level while preparing for the AICP* exam. Find out why this edition is included in the APA's recommended reading list.
$105