Audubon Park Live Oaks, LA
  May 22, 2007 06:48 PDT 

Monday morning a co-worker and I met up in Slidell, La. We changed
vehicles and headed for Audubon Park in New Orleans looking for the elusive
30 footer. We arrived at about 1030, he grew up in N.O., so he showed me
around a bit before we got to the park.         He knew of a larger tree
near the back of the park so we started there. Wow, I saw the tree from
the car, huge tree. We we got over to it and I thought how old this Live
Oak must be, around 400-500! A beautiful rounded crown specimen, with
the largest root mass I've ever seen on any tree. A single trunk with
forked limbs splitting at 15' above the ground. This tree looks similar
to the Middleton Oak you guys measured. The results, Audubon Park Oak,
CBH-35'2", Spread-165', making it the largest single
trunk tree I've seen or measured. Making it the new #2 on our list.
Located next to Exposition Blvd., Audubon Park, New Orleans, La.     

imagec001a.jpg (56696 bytes) imagec002a.jpg (75007 bytes)
imagec003a.jpg (85658 bytes) The Audubon Park Oak- CBH-35’ 2”, Spread-165’, making it the new # 2 on our list. 

    Next I noticed a Large Cherrybark Oak and had to measure it, wow!, 
very large for a park setting. CBH-16'2", Spread-78',making it the largest 
Cherrybark I've measured!       

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 A large Cherry bark Oak at Audubon Park, CBH-16’2”, Spread-78.
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            Next we started walking around the park looking at all the
Oaks, they are everywhere. There are approx. 1000 Live Oaks here with
269 being registered with the LA Live Oak Society. I could spend a
couple of days here to find larger trees, but time was short so I could
only measure a few more before we left for Mandeville, La to see the
National Champion Live Oak. The Seven Sisters Oak, measuring 38' CBH in
2001. Two more Live Oaks in the park measured, CBH-23'2", Spread-105',
and CBH-23',Spread-120'. It was now time to go.   

imagea001a.jpg (50593 bytes) imagea002a.jpg (49199 bytes)
imagea003a.jpg (58806 bytes) The remaining trees from Audubon Park. Cbh-23’2”, Spread-105’ , Cbh-23’, Spread-120’. Cbh-21’4”, Spread-118’. 
Making these Oaks the new # 20, 22 and 
# 25 on our list.

We left NO and crossed the 24 mile Lake Ponchatrain Bridge north to Mandeville.
We arrived at the Champ at about 2:30, located on private property. I
took a couple of photos, but didn't measure the Champ without the owners
permission. I'm going to contact them, and return at a later date, the
tree is about an hour from where I live. I'm looking forward to
measuring it.              

The Seven Sisters Oak

image001a.jpg (50875 bytes) image002a.jpg (57241 bytes)
image003a.jpg (106908 bytes) I got some photos, but didn’t measure the tree without the owners permission. Cbh-38’, measured in 2001. I will write the owners for permission to measure the Oak. What a Huge tree! I can’t wait to measure it to see the change in growth since 2001.

 In closing I'd say what a special place the Audubon Park is, I could
imagine the Native Americans and wildlife living in the Groves of
Ancient Oaks. If you get a chance to see them, you should.        Ed,
I'll send some photos.     


Back to Larry   Robert Leverett
  May 22, 2007 10:07 PDT 


OMG!! Ya gotta knock it off. You're putting the rest of us to shame.
Seriously though, your work has greatly enlivened my admiration for the
Live Oak. What a magnificent species! What was that again: 35' 2"? Do
you realize that in cross-sectional area, it would take 25 of the
slender 7-ft girth MTSF trees to equal the one Live Oak? It ain't fair.
It ain't fair.   

RE: Live Oak Project   Will Blozan
  Jun 07, 2007 16:40 PDT 


Remember, the SEVEN Sisters were named that for a reason... It is by no
means the largest individual live oak. It may however, be the largest group
of fused live oaks.

Re: Live Oak Project   Edward Frank
  Jun 07, 2007 18:07 PDT 


The Seven Sisters Oak is a multi-trunked tree - One tree with seven distinct
trunks. The owner who first named the tree was Carole Hendry Doby, who was
one of seven sisters. Why the "seven sisters?"

The site Aboresque says:
"For many years it was thought that the tree was actually seven trees grown
closely together. In fact, it is one tree with seven distinct trunks. It
spans more than 130-feet from branch to branch. However, the tree was
originally named the Doby 's Seven Sisters . . . for the seven daughters of
the Doby family."

RE:Back to Will
  Jun 08, 2007 04:48 PDT 

I went to the Oak a couple weeks ago. It has one root system, with a large
double-trunk. Coming from theses two trunks were several smaller trunks.
Is that fused trees, or damage during growth in its youth, forced it to
split into a multi stemmed variety? I recall Ed, writing about single
stemmed and muti-stemmed trees. Noting that they should have there own
category. I agree with him.   



TOPIC: Visit back to Audubon Park and City Park New Orleans

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Date: Tues, Aug 19 2008 6:21 pm
From: Larry

ENTS, Went back to Audubon Park and contacted the Manager of the
Audubon Golf Course to make sure I didn't miss any of the larger Live
Oaks there. While talking to him I learned the name I gave to the
Audubon Park Oak was called the Tree of Life Oak. We also renamed 2
other trees there on the listing Big Knob Oak and Lil Mick Oak are
also in Audubon Park. He was kind enough to let me take a golf cart
and ride around the perimeter of the course which is in the center of
Audubon Park. That was way cool of him! I measured a couple of 20
footers and saw a couple more but it seems that there are no other
really large Live Oaks in the Park. Mick, the Manager said Perhaps
there might some larger ones at Loyola University, across Magazine St.
I could return at a later date and check it out.