This beautiful Oak tree named the Angel Oak is located on St. John’s Island near Charleston, SC. Named the “Angel Oak” for its massive, draping limbs and wide spreading canopy, it presents the aura of an angel from the distance. It towers 65 feet tall, has a trunk circumference of 28 feet, and its shade covers 1700,200 square feet. It’s branches spread 160 feet. It’s true age is not known but believed to be between 400 and 1600 years old. This means it may have been growing here before Christopher Columbus discovered America in 1492.
It is a Live Oak (Quercus Virginiana) which is a native species found throughout the Lowcountry of Coastal Carolina. It is believed to be one of the oldest living things east of the Mississippi River. Today it is a public park.
If you look carefully under the tree, you will see individuals whom are dwarfed by the size of the trunk and its branches. It is a photographer’s find. There are so many difference views of this amazing tree. It was severely damaged during Hurricane Hugo in 1989 but has since recovered. In some places under the tree there are poles to support the upper branches. To see more photos, go to by creative blog.