Henry Miller & the Plum Tree


In this episode, we take a look at one of Portland’s earliest well-known orchardist, horticulturalist, and entrepreneur Henry Miller (1814-1894). Henry Miller was a key player in Portland’s early fresh-fruit industry. One of the most important trees widely distributed by Miller was the prunus domestica or Italian plum tree. This fruit bearing tree offered an especially important cultural value to the people living in Portland in the 1850s and through to the 1870s. Through Henry Miller we can identify just how important the fresh fruit industry-and some of the trees themselves-was to Portland’s early pioneer settlers. This podcast is an abridgment of original research by Caitlin Tholen.


Host: Caitlin Tholen
Research: Caitlin Tholen

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Further Reading:

A Natural History of North American Trees. Donald Culross Peattie. A Frances Tenebaum Book, Houghton Mifflin Company. Boston, New York, 2007

Flora of the Pacific Northwest. Leo Hitchcock and Arthur Cronquist. University of Washington Press, 1973

The First Fruits of the Land: a Brief history of early horticulture in Oregon. James Robert Cardwell, The Quarterly of the Oregon Historical Society Vol. 7, No. 1. 1906. Oregon Historical Society.