Angel Oak

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Angel Oak in March 2010; The man standing under the tree is 5 feet 11 inches (180 centimeters) tall.

The Angel Oak Tree is a Southern live oak (Quercus virginiana) located in Angel Oak Park on Johns Island near Charleston, South Carolina. The Angel Oak Tree is estimated to be at least 400 and as much as 1400-1500 years old. It 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). Its longest branch distance is 187 ft.[1] in length. Angel Oak was the 210th tree to be registered with the Live Oak Society.[2]

This historic tree is a tourist attraction for people visiting the South Carolina Area.

The tree stands on land that was part of Abraham Waight's 1717 land grant.[3]

The oak derives its name from the estate of Justis and Martha Angel, and local folklore tells stories of ghosts of former slaves appearing as angels around the tree.[4][5]

Despite the popular belief that the Angel Oak is the oldest tree east of the Mississippi River, there are many baldcypress trees throughout the south which are many hundreds of years older.[6]

History[edit]

Angel Oak in July 2008.

The Angel Oak was damaged severely during Hurricane Hugo in 1989 but has since recovered.[7] The City of Charleston has owned the tree and surrounding park since 1991.[8]

Development is beginning to encroach on the site of the Angel Oak. In 2012, plans to build a 500-unit apartment complex that would be 160 yards (150 m) from the Angel Oak were challenged in court by a group called Save the Angel Oak and the Coastal Conservation League; their concerns included the construction's effect on available groundwater and nutrients.[9]

See also[edit]

List of famous trees

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ "History of the Angel Oak". 
  2. ^ The Live Oak Society Retrieved 2013-07-16
  3. ^ "The Angel Oak Tree". 
  4. ^ Pakenham, pp. 142–43
  5. ^ Dent, p. 148
  6. ^ "Visiting Ancient Baldcypress on the Black River". The Nature Conservancy. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  7. ^ Arboresque: Angel Oak
  8. ^ "Angel Oak Website". 
  9. ^ Trial ends in SC Angel Oak case, The Charlotte Observer, April 07, 2012
Sources

http://angeloaktree.com/

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  • Dent, Thomas L. (1997). Southern journey: a return to the civil rights movement. New York: W. Morrow. ISBN 0-688-14099-8. 
  • Perry, Lee Tom (2007). Insiders' guide to Charleston: including Mt. Pleasant, Summerville, Kiawah, and other islands. Guilford, CT: Globe Pequot Press. ISBN 0-7627-4403-0. 

Coordinates: 32°43′4″N 80°4′46″W / 32.71778°N 80.07944°W / 32.71778; -80.07944