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Aug 07

Heritage Tree Profile - Palm Haven

Posted on August 7, 2018 at 8:18 AM by Riley Knight

Palm Haven from above
Collage of images of Palm Haven streets and residences

On every second Friday, we will be posting a Heritage Tree Profile to educate our followers about the various trees of special significance within the urban canopy of San José. This month, let's take a look at the community of Palm Haven, which was built in the early 1900s and to this day retains the palm tree-lined streets that are an important part of the community's character. 

In 1913, property was purchased from the estate of Sylvester Newhall to begin development of Palm Haven and within four years it was incorporated as an independent city. Palm Haven was modeled around the resident-park concept of planned neighborhoods with covenants that put restrictions on development directly into the property deeds that were intended to preserve the community design and prohibit non-residential use of the properties. According to the book Images of America: Palm Haven, the authors write that Palm Haven found success by marketing itself as a community for people who wanted to be "one of only 130 (or fewer) property holders who controlled their own destiny." 

In 1922, Palm Haven voted to be annexed into the city of San José and in 1987 it was designated as a Historical Conservation Area. Over 300 Mexican Fan and Canary Island Palms were planted within the community to compliment the mission revival style architecture

As of 2004, all trees in Palm Haven's public areas originally planted in 1913 were designated "heritage trees" and protected under the city charter of San JoséIt remains the largest coordinated planting of heritage trees in the city and is a landmark that can be seen from airplanes on their landing approach to Mineta San Jose International Airport as well as from nearby highways and city streets.