The sign is rectangular but its head is designed according to the silhouette of the old building of the Gymnasia Herzliya, which serves as a logo of the Council for the Preservation of Heritage Sites in Israel
The tree’s image Click for a larger image Translation of the text on the sign
Symbol of the Council for the Preservation of Israeli Heritage Sites
The symbol of the city of Tel Aviv
Ministry of Culture and Sport symbol
This orange tree, of the Shamuti variety, is a remnant of the Montefiore Orchard, on whose land the Montefiore neighborhood of Tel Aviv was established.
The tree (in its 144th year) was transferred on March 19, 1985 at the initiative of the Council for the Preservation of Heritage Sites in Israel, the Society for the Protection of Nature. The operation involved: the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality, the Montefiore neighborhood committee, the Ganei Yehoshua administration, the Tel Aviv Fire Brigade, the Ministry of Agriculture, the Citrus Department, and school students.
The transfer of the tree was one of the first actions of the Council for the Preservation of Heritage Sites in Israel (founded in 1984 by the Society for the Protection of Nature), with the aim of preserving the heritage of modern times. Montefiore Orchard
In 1840, Rabbi Yehuda Halevi of Ragusa and his partners, Rabbi Avraham Panso and Yechiel Bachar, planted the orchard. In 1855 the orchard was purchased by Moshe Montefiore, and he leased the orchard to the people of the Mount Hatikva farm.
After Motifiori’s death, the orchard was treated by the management of Mikve Israel.
The orchard trees were uprooted in 1922 and the Montefiore neighborhood was established on its lands in 1925.
The orange tree remained lonely and abandoned in the backyard of a house, at 12 Sderot Yehudit, until it was moved to the tropical garden in Ganei Yehoshua.