Utah Division of
Forestry, Fire & State Lands

Utah Department of Natural Resources

Norway Maple - Salt Lake City

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Common Name Norway Maple
Species Acer platanoides
Address 1135 East, 600 South, Salt Lake City
City Salt Lake City
Year Planted 1916
Height 38 Feet
Spread
Circumference 59.5 Inches
DBH Diameter at Breast Height (DBH) is the standard forestry measurement of the tree's trunk diameter at 4.5 ft from the base. 22.4 Inches
Name of Nominator Mitchell Koles
Date Rated 1991-02-26
Ownership Private
Story

This is the first documented Norway Maple planted in the Salt Lake Valley. It was apparently planted by Mr. Treganza of Treganza and WARE Architects. Mr. Treganza designed and built a house in 1916, which is apparently when the tree was planted.

Mr. Parry Sorenson, head of the Communications Department at the University of Utah grew up in this house and reports that as a child, the tree was used as the "mother tree" for all others planted in the valley. The State Agriculture Department and students from Utah State University came on a regular basis to collect the seeds in order to plant them in other locations.

According to Steve Schwab, former Salt Lake City Forester, the tree is perhaps one of the largest of its species. In my opinion, it is a beautiful tree of obvious historic significance, deserving recognition, and quite a bit of tender loving care.

Author Mitchell Koles