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Octopus Tree

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Octopus Tree, Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint (bobcat)


The Octopus Tree is a candelabra-shaped Sitka spruce, perhaps 300 years old, that might have been fashioned by humans. Many experts believe that the tree was shaped by local Native Americans who bent branches horizontally when the tree was supple and young, and then allowed them to grow vertically. The branches could then be used to cradle large objects, such as canoes, in burial rituals. Others say that the tree was shaped by the violent forces of nature.

The Octopus Tree is 46 feet in circumference at its base. It has six "trunks", not eight.

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