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Historic Trees Come to Precinct 4
HCP4 May 1, 2018

Historic Trees Come to Precinct 4

They may be small now, but the five oaks planted along the Spring Creek Greenway come from legendary stock.

Treaty Oak, Borden Oak, Runaway Scrape Oak, Cabinet Oak, and Century Oak are known as some of the longest-lived trees in Texas, most extending back hundreds of years.

The Treaty Oak, a live oak tree in Austin, is one of the oldest at more than 500 years old. Mature even before European settlement, the tree is the last surviving member of the Council Oaks, a grove of 14 trees that served as a sacred meeting place for Tonkawa and Comanche tribes. Despite being poisoned with herbicide in 1989 by a vandal, the tree survived.

The Borden Oak is another impressive tree, first surviving the Great Galveston Storm of 1900 and then the recovery process. During the recovery phase, residents built up the island by 5 feet, burying a large portion of the tree. While the salty soil killed most other trees, the Borden Oak survived after the owner built a dike around the tree to protect it.