Angel Oak Tree, Charleston, South Carolina

Posted on Sep 15, 2010 | Comments Off on Angel Oak Tree, Charleston, South Carolina

 

Known as Angel Oak, the live Angel oak tree which has its own park is estimated to be 1,500 years old, pre-dating Columbus by 1,000 years! Tucked into a wooded area off Bohicket Road, not too far from Highway 17, theAngel Oak tree will simply take your breath away. Its quiet majesty shades the tiny park it dominates; it will be quite a while before you forget the 160 foot span of Angel Oak’s massive branches. Her circumference is a whopping 25 feet, and she covers 17,000 square feet of ground.

Angel Oak is a live oak (quercus virginiana), a native species to coastal Carolina’s lowcountry. Her largest branch is a whopping eighty-nine feet long, with a circumference of 11.25 feet. Just imagine how many creatures have lived in a tree this size over the course of 1500 years. A look at the ground is also inspiring: thousands upon thousands of acorns lie about in tribute to their host.

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