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Tree of the Month

Old Ash — Tree of the month (Thomas R. Mann)
Old Ash — Tree of the month (Thomas R. Mann)

The July Tree of the Month is 'Old Granddad,' the city's original Modesto ash. It was planted in West Side Park — now César E. Chávez Park — at Third and F streets sometime between 1904 and 1911 by Modesto's first parks superintendent, Louis Rose. In 1991, it was placed on the National Register of Big Trees. The tree is coming to the end of its life, according to Kerry G. Elms, president of the Greater Modesto Tree Foundation Inc., and much is being done to help it — as evidenced by the many posts supporting its branches.


The Tree of the Month feature is in cooperation with the Greater Modesto Tree Foundation Inc. and the city of Modesto's Urban Forestry Division. We also hope readers will direct us to trees you think should be featured. Send your tree information and photographs to Digital photos should be saved at a high resolution and e-mailed as jpeg attachments. All photos become property of The Bee and may be republished in any format.