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Hager Grove Pear Tree

Posted on: September 24th, 2011 by Madeline MacGregor in Heritage Tree Details | 2 Comments

Pyrus communis

This pear tree is one of the oldest and largest in Oregon and was planted by the pioneer Munkre family who came over the Oregon Trail in 1846. It is the lone survivor of a large pear orchard later known as Hager Grove and a popular creek side picnic and camping area. Still in good health and bearing fruit, it is so large that it is often mistaken for an oak tree, but when it blossoms in the spring there is no mistaking it for a giant fruit tree.

Tree Facts

  • Approx. height: 65′
  • Age: Over 150 years
  • Circumference: 9′
  • Dedicated on: April 11, 1997

Visit this tree

It stands in the northeast quadrant of the I-5 and State Highway 22 interchange in Salem. There is no parking available near the tree and can only be viewed in passing. However, a small offspring of this historic tree is growing about one mile away at the museum located on the grounds of the Oregon Department of Forestry on State Street.



Doug Halvorsen

- Comment left on: March 24th, 2017 at 6:36 pm

Our family was heading up to Seattle and stopped to use the restroom and I noticed the Heritage Tree sign and was very surprised to see a historic tree just feet from busy Interstate-5! I took some quick photos as my wife drove slowly past it. It’s too bad it’s hard to stop and appreciate its history but happy to see it still surviving after so many years.

Madeline MacGregor

- Comment left on: March 28th, 2017 at 1:28 pm

Hi Doug, Did you have a question about the tree? Just contact Annie, at anniev@oregonte.com

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