Cellon Oak Park – Florida Champion Tree – Live Oak

Date Visited: 1/12/2020

I love big trees! Maybe it is the kid in me, or the desire to live like Robinson Crusoe in a treehouse atop a giant tree on a deserted isle, but when I discover a new one I haven’t visited before and get the chance to go see one of these monsters — I’m there!

The tree resides in a small little park called Cellon Oak Park that was donated to Alachua County in an effort to preserve the tree. Future plans for the park include a path and garden.

The tree is named after its former owner Ralph W. Cellon and is the largest Live Oak Tree in Florida. It is also a Co-Champion. At present it stands 85′ tall and has a 30′ circumference. The crown has a massive 160′ spread.

Efforts are being made to support the large sprawling branches as these limbs are susceptible to breaking under their own enormous weight. At the time of our visit several children were climbing on the branches and although part of me cringed inside, the child in me wanted to join them.

Since our visit the park managers are requesting that people observe a 20′ perimeter around the tree to protect its root system and not to hang or attach anything to the tree. I agree, this specimen is well worth protecting.

Next week we spend the night at O’leno State Park and take a short hike to see a disappearing river.

Until then… take care!

Cellon Oak Park 
4100 NW 169th Pl
Gainesville, FL 32653

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