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May 17, 2008

Angel Oak

Angel_oak 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 over 1500 years old, standing 65 feet tall, 9 feet in diameter, and the crown covers an area of 17,000 square feet. Its longest limb is 89 feet in length.

The Angel Oak is thought to be one of the oldest living things east of the Mississippi River. Acorns from the Angel Oak have grown to produce authentic direct-offspring trees. Its limbs, the size of tree trunks themselves, are so large and heavy that some of them rest on the ground (some even drop underground for a few feet and then come back up), a feature common to only the very oldest live oaks.

It has survived countless hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, and human interference. Angel Oak was damaged severely during Hurricane Hugo but has since recovered.

In the spring and summer there are numerous artistic events, including the "Evening Under the Angel Oak" series, which feature music, dramatic presentations, and various other activities, especially during the Spoleto Festival in May/June

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oh what nice furniture it could be.I could sit on it.I could store stuff inside it.

Posted by: mascojoe@comcast.net at May 17, 2008 12:27:09 AM

'Lil feller

Posted by: carl at May 17, 2008 7:49:28 AM

Talk about being as old as dirt. I assume you are limiting your scope to America, because a Swedish tree was estimated to be 9,550 years old, but this is still definately still impressive.

Posted by: scienceguy288 at May 17, 2008 6:25:22 PM

PLEASE COME OUT AND SHOW YOUR SUPPORT TO HELP SAVE THE ANGEL OAK AND HER SURROUNDING FOREST!!
ALERT

A meeting of the Board of Zoning Appeals - Site Design will be held Wednesday, October 1, 2008 at 5 p.m. in the Main Conference Room, Third Floor, Charleston County School District Building, 75 Calhoun Street. The following applications will be considered:

A. Application advertised for previous Board of Zoning Appeals - Site Design agendas but not heard due to meeting cancellation or deferral. For information on this application, call 724-3790.

1. Maybank Highway and Bohicket Road (Johns Island) (TMS # 279-00-00-142,248 and 309)
Request a variance from Section 54-327 to allow the removal of 11 grand trees (Ordinance prohibits the removal of trees having a 24-inch or greater D.B.H. [Diameter Breast Height]).
Request a special exception from Section 54-327 to allow the removal of 14 grand trees.
Request a variance from Section 54-330 to allow a reduced impervious construction setback near the bases of five (5) grand trees.
Zoned PUD.
Owner: AOV-AOD, LLC and AOD Development, LLC
Applicant: HLA, Inc


Plan on being at this meeting Wednesday October 1 at 5:00PM at 75 Calhoun Street 3rd floor, Main Conference Room

We have got to show up at this meeting and tell the BZA we say NO to the destruction of these trees.

Posted by: Samantha at Sep 16, 2008 4:54:59 PM

Well this just proves that from the Little River to the Savannah River, from the coast line to the fall line there aren't a dozen politicians who aren't in the pockets of developers.

What other part of our heritage, natural or otherwise isn't for sale.

Say, luxury condos on Fort Sumter ... .

Posted by: Dave Jones at Mar 19, 2009 6:26:09 PM