My wife and I are expecting our first child in May.  I’d like to buy a sapling or small tree, something planted within the last year or so, to commemorate my daughter’s birth, that could grow with her.  My dream is for my daughter to watch this sapling grow into an enormous tree over the course of her life.  We live in Southern California, so I’m looking for something appropriate to this climate, that would grow heartily and reliably for a long, long time (a century I suppose). 

Since I don’t expect to live in our house for more than a few years, I’d love for the tree to be able to grow in a large pot or a half wine barrel, then eventually be planted in the ground.  Or, I could to plant the tree in a public space at some point, so my daughter would be able to access it regardless of moving houses, and I’m wondering if certain species would make that possibility more likely.

If anyone has any suggestions they would be very much appreciated!

Thank you.

David

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