The giant redwood (Sequoiadendron giganteum) was brought from Yosemite Valley as a small tree in the 1880s. The sequoia is unusual with its rounded top and domed-over appearance, associated with thousand-year-old trees. A towering dawn redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) forms a canopy over a Victorian gazebo and beds brimming with vividly colored perennials, annuals, bulbs and more. The venerable tree was planted in 1947 from seed collected during an archeological expedition to China that re-discovered the species. The dawn redwood is one of only a few species of deciduous conifers in the world.
The spectacular English oak (Quercus robur) in the Habitat Garden is thought to be one of the largest of is species in California. Valley oaks (Quercus lobata) are native here, growing in the fertile bottom lands long before homes were built and gardens planned. MAGC is also home to many evergreen coast live oaks (Quercus agrifolia), white oaks (Quercus alba) and young red oaks (Quercus rubra).
In the late 1800s, resident George Worn planted a small southern magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora) tree in the center of the property. The imposing grandeur of this tree attracted the attention of professional and amateur photographers for nearly a century until sadly, in 2006, it collapsed due to declining health. Today an outer ring of trees remains.
The pear tree (Prunus communis) outside the Moya library was started as a graft from the last remaining pear tree in the orchard of the former mission of San Rafael (1817-1807). An aged apple (Malus) adorns the space outside the Livermore Pavilion. On the edge of the property, a very prolific persimmon tree (Diospyros) marks the fall season laden with bright orange fruit. An orange tree (Citrus X sinensis) produces richly fragrant blossoms followed by their recognizable fruit. The tangelo (Citrus × tangelo), situated outside of the Livermore Pavilion, is a citrus fruit hybrid of tangerine and pomelo or grapefruit.
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A fine example of Ginkgo biloba, also known as the Maidenhair tree, resides in the Stratford Garden. This species of tree is considered a living fossil, with true fossils related to modern Ginkgo dating back 270 million years. You’ll find deciduous varieties of mulberry (Morus), many cultivars of Japanese maples (Acer japonica), elm (Ulmus) and honey locust (Gleditsia triacanthos). Dogwoods (Cornus ‘Kousa’) provide a glorious show in the spring along with a multitude of flowering fruit trees. On the north perimeter of the gardens a glorious stand of crape myrtle (Lagerstroemia) put on a brilliant display of color in late summer.