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The 1,500 Years Old Fairy-Talesque Angel Oak Tree on Johns Island, South Carolina, USA

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The 1,500 years old Fairy-Talesque Angel Oak Tree on Johns Island, South Carolina, USA

The Angel Oak Tree is a Southern live oak located in Angel Oak Park on Johns Island near Charleston, South Carolina. The Angel Oak Tree is estimated to be in excess of 1,500 years old, 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). From tip to tip Its longest branch distance is 187 ft. Angel Oak was the 210th tree to be registered with the Live Oak Society. The name comes from the Angel estate, owned by couple Justus Angel and Martha Waight Angel. However, local legends say the ghosts of former slaves appear as angels around the tree.

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It is an absolute must see for anyone visiting Charleston South Carolina. It is on everyone's top ten list of things to do in Charleston. Despite being located on John's Island, the Angel Oak has come to symbolize Charleston South Carolina. A large number of people search for "Angel Oak Charleston South Carolina" even thought this tree is on John's Island. It is a southern live oak located in Angel Oak Park, on Johns Island SC.

The 1,500 years old Fairy-Talesque Angel Oak Tree on Johns Island, South Carolina, USA

With an estimated 1,500 years in age, this Southern live oak has survived a number of hurricanes, floods, and earthquakes. It was damaged by Hurricane Hugo in 1989 but recovered and continues to grow. The tree is now property of the City of Charleston. Recently, a plan for apartment development nearby the Angel Tree has been scrutinized and fought against by the S.C. Coastal Conservation League. They argue that the development would alter the groundwater flow to the tree and clear the nearby forests whose root systems are intimately related with the Angel Tree.

Angel Oak covers roughly 17,100 square feet. Most live oaks grow outward and do not really grow upward very much. Due to its age, Angel Oak has done both. Some of the oak's limbs rest on the ground. Some of the limbs even go underground and then rise back up out of the ground. Some of the acorns produced by Angel Oak have been used to produce authentic direct-offspring live oak trees. Angel Oak has survived earthquakes, floods, and hurricanes. During Hurricane Hugo, Angel Oak was severely damaged, but the tree has recovered and continues to grow.

The 1,500 years old Fairy-Talesque Angel Oak Tree on Johns Island, South Carolina, USA

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