Florida Arbor Day Tree Planting

01/25/2013

10 a.m.

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.