Formosan Flame

21. Formosan Flame

(Koelreuteria elegans subsp. formosana)
Location: 345 L St
Nominator: Warren Roberts
Formosan flame tree (photo courtesy of Don Shor

The Formosan Flame tree behind the Friends Hall at 345 L St. is one of the largest in Davis. The crown of this veteran reaches 70 feet and spreads 60 feet. With a girth of 9.6 feet it is almost the size of its cousin at the northwest corner of 8th and L St. These two trees were likely planted at the same time in 1961. Every fall their crowns are adorned with lipstick pink capsules that follow attractive yellow flowers. Warren Roberts, superintendent of the UC Davis Arboretum, nominated this tree and has long been a proponent of the Formosan Flame.

Category: Unusual Size

Age: 57

Height: 70 ft

Spread: 60 ft

Girth: 9.6 ft

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