During a recent trip to Charleston, South Carolina I located and photographed a Southern live oak tree called “The Angel Oak Tree” that I had heard about. I wonder if it’s one of the oldest living trees in this country because of its size. Could it possibly be 1500 years old?
“The Angel Oak Tree is a Southern live oak located in Angel Oak Park, on Johns Island near Charleston in South Carolina. The Angel Oak Tree is estimated to be in excess of 1500 years old, stands 66.5 ft (20 m) tall, measures 28 ft (8.5 m) in circumference, and produces shade that covers 17,200 square feet (1,600 m2). From tip to tip Its longest branch distance is 187 ft. The Angel Oak Tree is thought to be one of the oldest living things in the country. The land where the Angel Oak Tree stands was part of Abraham Waight’s 1717 land grant. The City of Charleston now owns the property.” Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angel_Oak
Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, December 17, 2012