The Angel Oak

November 22, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

It seems appropriate to write about the Angel Oak as my first blog post. I have written about this tree (in a not-yet-published children's book). I have photographed this tree (I've included a few favorites on this site). I have visited this tree. It continues to fascinate me. I know it's only a tree....but what a tree it is!

Quercus viriginiana - live oak indigenous to the southeastern United States - can be found all along the coastal areas in the south. The Angel Oak is estimated to be in excess of 400-500 years old and stands 66.5 feet tall. It measures 28 feet in circumference, produces shade that covers 17,200 square feet, and its longest branch is 187 feet from tip-to-tip. I love this tree. It draws me in every time with its curvy branches and wide base and keeps me coming back for more.

If you are in the Charleston, SC area and can squeeze in a visit, you should absolutely detour to Johns Island (just 15 miles south of the peninsula). I promise you will appreciate the Angel Oak in all of its grandeur!


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