The Octopus Tree, also known as The Council Tree is located a few hundred feet from Cape Meares Lighthouse on the Oregon Coast.
The Octopus Tree is a Sitka Spruce shaped like an upside down Octopus. No one knows its actual age because that would require chopping down the tree to count the rings. However, The Octopus tree is believed to be hundreds of years old dating back to when the Indians lived in the area. In fact, there are rumors that the Octopus Tree was shaped like an octopus by the Indians to hold their canoes with their dead in it. So, the Octopus tree could have been an old burial site.
The Friends of Cape Meares Lighthouse and Wildlife Refuge donated a sign next to the Octopus Tree. The sign reads: The Forces that shaped this unique Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis) have been debated for many years. Whether natural events or possible Native Americans were the cause remains a mystery.
The tree measures more than 46 feet in circumference and has no central trunk. Instead, limbs extend horizontally from the base as much as 16 feet before turning upward. It is 105 feet tall and is estimated to be 250 to 300 years old.