Tuesday, May 25, 2010
MOTHER OF OLIVE TREES
Mother of Olives - Oldest olive tree in California - files of Orpha Klinker - Gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Gary Fredburg 2010.
The first olive trees in the San Fernando Valley, and much of the original olive stock that made Sylmar world famous, are likely descendants of this precious old tree. This photograph, taken in 1939 and sent to the California artist, Orpha Klinker, shows what remained of the great orchards of the Mission San Diego Alcala. Cuttings of this venerable tree produced what is still called the "Mission Type" olive.