Place to visit next time we are in Tucson.


Tucson’s largest tree is a Red River Gum Eucalyptus Camaldulensis, located just west of I-10 on the south side of West Congress Street. We stopped to check it out yesterday on our way to the Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market. I’ve driven by it a few times and never realized it was officially Tucson’s largest tree.

The tree is also known as “Mamaphina’s Tree” after the woman who planted it. The sign says “Mamaphima’s Tree” but other records say “Mamaphina’s Tree” which makes more sense since the girl’s name was Delphina. She was given the nickname Mamaphina because as a teenager she raised her nine younger brothers and sisters.

The story goes that back in 1910 a thunderstorm knocked down the tiny sapling and the next day a little girl named Delphina Bravo stood the sapling up and replanted it. However, her son Manny Lopez recounts that she planted…

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