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The Angel Oak is a Southern live oak tree located in Angel Oak Park, in Charleston, South Carolina, on Johns Island, one of South Carolina's Sea Islands. It is estimated to be 300-400 years old, stands 65 ft (20 m) tall, measures 28 ft (8.5 m) in circumference, and shades with its crown an area of 17,000 square feet (1,600 m2). Its widest crown spread point-to-point is 180 feet (55 m), which is larger than any other live oak in the country. Its longest limb is 105 feet (32 m) in length.
The Angel Oak is thought to be one of the oldest living organisms east of the Mississippi River. The tree has become a significant tourist attraction. The oak derives its name from the Angel estate, although local folklore told stories of ghosts of former slaves would appear as angels around the tree.
Angel Oak stands on part of land granted to Abraham Waight in 1717.
The Angel Oak was damaged severely during Hurricane Hugo in 1989 but has since recovered. The tree and surrounding park have been owned by the city of Charleston since 1991.
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 as close as 160 yards (150 m) to the Angel Oak were challenged in court by the Coastal Conservation League; their concerns included the construction's effect on available groundwater and nutrients.
Here, my sister-in-law Stephanie stands in awe of the magnificent tree
Digital painting effect applied during post processing.
November 30th, 2013
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