Angel Oak, Johns Island, S.C.

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?


2-Angel Tree

1-Angel Tree

3-Angel Tree

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:

Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, December 17, 2012


Filed under History, Travel

7 responses to “Angel Oak, Johns Island, S.C.

  1. rimassolosailingaroundtheworldm

    The great photos oak,it’s big tree.Happy New Year!

  2. I am speechless. Incredible.

  3. Great photos and I too wondered why they were called live oaks. Thanks for the explanation and thanks for visiting my blog.

  4. The answer is: “The live oak, Quercus virginiana, is named “live” because it is an evergreen oak rather than a deciduous (loses its leaves every year; has a dormant winter period) tree as most oaks are. It is also very durable and long-lived, is very resistant to salt spray, and proliferates in coastal areas where many other plants are eliminated. The wood is very heavy, hard, and strong, making live oaks live longer” Source:

  5. I loved the live Oaks I saw when I was in Florida though wonder why they are called `live` – I suppose Wiki will tell me.

  6. Yes, I agree. The oak is a strong powerful tree.

  7. The tree is huge, and so very impressive looking!

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