The Palm Trees
All palm trees planted at the 1913 opening of Palm Haven were added to the City of San Jose "Heritage Tree List" in August of 2004.
Palm Haven's trees are the largest coordinated planting of any tree in the City of San Jose.
True to the Residence Park concept, the natural surroundings take center stage in Palm Haven. All plantings along the Avenues and Drives are planted in the formal style as is the Plaza in the center of Palm Haven. Arthur Cann, an England-born nurseryman of San Jose, originally supplied the hundreds of trees for Palm Haven.
Many other Residence Parks across the country have lost much of their original appearance in design due to the fact that other, shorter-lived trees were used. The palm trees in Palm Haven are tall and strong at nearly 100 years of age. City Arborist, Ralph Mize does not know of any palm tree dying of old age in the city though he is sure they have to die at some point. Other cities contacted in southern California with similarly planted palm trees have indicated the same information: they have yet to see one die simply from age so their longevity is in question.
For now, Palm Haven enjoys having its original streetscape character preserved in its stately old palms. "Picture-perfect" moments are the norm for Palm Haven.
There are 322 Washingtonia robusta (Mexican Fan Palm) trees standing today from the original plantings in 1913 along the sidewalks of Palm Haven. They were planted at an original height of 4 to 6 feet and 25 feet apart. They can grow to 100 feet tall.
There are 20 Phoenix canariensis (Canary Island Date Palm) trees planted in the central parkway along Palm Haven Avenue and in the Plaza.
Looking North on Plaza Drive