Florida Arbor Day Tree Planting
Join Edison Ford staff and volunteers in celebrating Florida Arbor Day as we plant a “Queen” orange tree in the Citrus Grove on the Ford estate. It is a seedling of unknown origin which was found in a grove near Bartow, Florida. Since it survived the freeze of 1894-95, it was propagated in 1900 under the name 'King' which was later changed to 'Queen'. The tree is much like pineapple, has fewer seeds, higher soluble solids; is high-yielding and somewhat more cold-tolerant. Mr. Edison at one time had over 300 various citrus trees planted on his estate before 1928.