Best legislative branch: Capitol Park Mediterranean oak tree

Best of Sacramento 2013 writer’s pick

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It's not the largest tree, or the most beautiful. And it doesn't bear fruit. But this particular Mediterranean oak is by far (at least subjectively speaking) the city's most prized piece of flora living in downtown's Capitol Park. It's squat but wide, with three main branches protruding from the trunk that seem to swirl around on an axis. Take a nap under this beauty, and you'll see what we mean. In honor of the great tree painter Bob Ross, we'd like to point out one “happy little accident”: While the tree is labeld as a Mediterranean oak, its tag also reads Quercus macrolepis—the Latin name for the valonia oak. Capitol Avenue and 15th Street.