A Sense of Place

A sense of place emerges through knowledge of the history, geography and geology of an area, its flora and fauna, the legends of a place, and a growing sense of the land and its history after living there for a time.

The beautiful and glorious trees of Leon County define our sense of place. We identify strongly with our trees and the majestic, beauty and history of our trees is felt by local inhabitants and visitors alike.

We invite you to Explore our senses of place by visiting the map pages below.

Historic and Exceptional Specimen Trees

Historic Trees

Historic May Oak in Lewis Park

We collect data on trees that have meaningful historic and or cultural ties to our community. Our hope is that people will be inspired to plant long living, native trees intending for them to be enjoyed for future generations. Historic trees will have an accompanying explorable portfolio that will allow a visitor to see photographs, listen to oral histories, and read archival data linking the tree and the land where it is located, to the history of Tallahassee, Leon County and or the State of Florida.

Exceptional Specimen Trees

We collect data on any exceptional specimen tree in accordance with Leon County and the City of Tallahassee ordinance’s definition of Exceptional Trees Species. We believe the spirit of the ordinance as defined gives credence to trees in Tallahassee and Leon County our help define our Sense of Place.

Canopy Roads

Tallahassee and Leon County are known for our beautiful Canopy Roads and they are a big part of our unique and beautiful charm. Huge moss‐draped live oaks, sweet gums, hickory trees and stately pines cast their protective shade over Tallahassee roads, with limbs that meet in a towering canopy to provide cooling shade for the roads and very scenic drives for travelers. Valued by citizens, the roads offer a peaceful alternative to the typical city view of asphalt, cement, signs and visual clutter. Officially designated roads include: Miccosukee Road, Old Bainbridge Road, Meridian Road, Centerville Road, Old Centerville Road, Moccasin Gap Road, Sunny Hill Road, Pisgah Church Road, and Old St. Augustine Road.

Leon Trees is currently working with the Tallahassee/Leon County GIS and Planning departments to add tree measurement data that has been collected by both the City of Tallahassee and Leon County Governments on our Canopy Road trees. We hope to make this data available to the public and create and explorable Canopy Tree Road map similar to the Historic and Exceptional Specimen tree maps found above.

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