World's Largest Live Oak

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World's Largest Live Oak

Went Saturday and came back Sunday to collect some acorns from this tree. Tree is in Seminole County Georgia just north of Florida. Two different measurements came up with circumferences of a little over 32 feet and a little over 34 feet. Took pictures with the full size car in photo to show size.


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Nice

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That tree is huge! The car really puts it into perspective.

I’d rather use my flashlight around the house than turn on the lights.

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Very cool! Amazing tree.

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Just looking at the car parked under the tree and thinking, if a branch fell off a tree that big there would not be much left of the car.
Has anyone guessed an age?

 

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wikipedia= The Big Oak dates back to circa 1680, which makes it one of the oldest live oaks in the country.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Big_Oak

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MRsDNF wrote:

Has anyone guessed an age?


Sorry, I’ll go now LOL
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They dont make guys like that anymore. We could never lift the tree back onto the stump.

That is one old tree which has been around for a lot of history to pass it by.

 

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Why is your car so small? Can’t you afford something bigger? Cool

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MRsDNF wrote:
Just looking at the car parked under the tree and thinking, if a branch fell off a tree that big there would not be much left of the car.
Has anyone guessed an age?

Don’t know his name but a Live Oak specialists at the University of Georgia has estimated it to be 600 years old. This tree is much bigger than the “Big Oak” in Thomasville. From what I understand they are having a hard time getting this tree recognized as the largest because of political reasons. This tree is out in the middle of nowhere on Mr. Spooner’s farm and the Big Oak is in a nice little southern town. The owner, Mr. Roger Spooner is a farmer, trucking company owner, and WW II veteran, his ship was sank in the Battle of Midway. Mr. Spooner is also believed to be the oldest truck driver the country, he will be 95 next week. He said the only way he is still able to drive is because he owns company, other company’s stop letting people drive at a certain age because of the liability.
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I do wonder if MtnDon looks at this tree and thinks to himself, I wonder how many custom lights I’d get out of this tree? Silly

 

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That is not only a big oak but it looks like it is thriving as well! Nice post, thanks, I love trees.

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Yes djozz, one of the things that separates this tree from others big trees is that this one it very healthy. I discovered once I got there that 8 or 10 big limbs had been shortened, some by as much as 30 feet. The biggest limbs shortened looked to be around 14 to 16 inches in diameter at the cut. Was told these were cut so there would be enough room for Semi Trucks and Combines to park under the tree. Once a limb gets so long the weight causes the limb to dip back to the ground, sometimes touching. This tree is unusual in that the first limb branches at over 20 feet off the ground. Most live oaks start branching much closer to the ground.

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very impressive
both tree and how thriving it is

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Very impressive, not sure on the title though ‘Worlds oldest living oak’

Its not even middle aged yet Smile

https://www.google.co.uk/amp/www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3685614/am...

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dw911 wrote:
Very impressive, not sure on the title though ‘Worlds oldest living oak’

Its not even middle aged yet Smile

https://www.google.co.uk/amp/www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3685614/am...


Think you misread, title says “World’s Largest Live Oak”. “Live Oak” is a species of oak. From all my research, this is the largest until a new one is discovered. It is actually a Southern Live Oak (Quercus virginiana) if you want the truly correct name but most of the time when you hear the term live oak they are referring to the SLO.
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Theres a 350 yr old (some say 375) Willow Oak, near the banks of the James River, at Shirley Plantation, Charles City Virginia. Tree was a seedling around 1650 or so. Over the years, many people stayed over at Shirley Plantation including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and John Tyler. One of the Hill Daughters married Harry Lee, and were the parents of General Robert E. Lee.

If only this tree could talk !!

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While not an oak, this tree is massive. It is a sycamore in our timber. Well over 6 feet thru the middle.

big tree

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There are a lot of board feet of lumber in that tree. And my chain saw bar is too short. Facepalm

Live Oak was historically used in ship building; more resistant to rot than many other woods. The U.S.S.Constitution used a lot of Live oak for it’s exterior planking. Live Oak is very dense, hard. Cannon balls would bounce off it. Hence the nickname “Old Ironsides”.

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southland wrote:
Think you misread, title says “World’s Largest Live Oak”. “Live Oak” is a species of oak. From all my research, this is the largest until a new one is discovered. It is actually a Southern Live Oak (Quercus virginiana) if you want the truly correct name but most of the time when you hear the term live oak they are referring to the SLO.

Yep your quite correct, my mistake for not reading properly before posting

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MtnDon wrote:
There are a lot of board feet of lumber in that tree. And my chain saw bar is too short. Facepalm

Live Oak was historically used in ship building; more resistant to rot than many other woods. The U.S.S.Constitution used a lot of Live oak for it’s exterior planking. Live Oak is very dense, hard. Cannon balls would bounce off it. Hence the nickname “Old Ironsides”.

That reminded reminded me of this.

The White Pine Acts – Who Knew?

In early Colonial times, the King of England had dibs on the tallest and straightest Eastern White Pines for the masts of their ships. Government officials would go around marking the best trees with q “Kings Mark”
Also any plank wider than about 14” was called, if I remember correctly, “a Kings board” and shipped back to England

Also this
How many Oak Trees to make a ship?

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Very nice.

A number of years ago my dad and I were on our way back from a camping trip when we saw an old tourist sign for Victoria’s largest tree, we decided to make the detour only to find that it was actually Victoria’s largest tree stump Facepalm

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dchomak wrote:

That reminded reminded me of this.

The White Pine Acts – Who Knew?

In early Colonial times, the King of England had dibs on the tallest and straightest Eastern White Pines for the masts of their ships. Government officials would go around marking the best trees with q “Kings Mark”
Also any plank wider than about 14” was called, if I remember correctly, “a Kings board” and shipped back to England

Also this
How many Oak Trees to make a ship?

Yep. The British treated us like…, well, colonials at the time.

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Thanks for sharing! That tree is magnificent and would be spectacular in person.

Noting your post about the limbs removed for semi trailers n such: I also feel like they might be trying to protect the 600 yr old tree from potential climbers too! lol as a rock climber I can attest to the fact it looks like it would be a wicked climb! Crazy

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I have not seen this tree but have seen the “Angel Oak” outside of Charleston and man, that tree is impressive but I don’t think it’s as old. 

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There is a Canyon Live Oak in the San Bernardino mountains of Southern California that might compete for world’s largest oak. “The oak is 97 feet high, with a 499-inch – or nearly 42-foot – trunk circumference and a crown 98 feet wide. The roots of the behemoth run deep into the side of the ravine where a natural spring flows into a creek below.” The ‘size’ is often calculated by multiplying three dimensions.