Springs and Biloxi, MS Live Oaks, Jan 2007
03, 2007 13:49 PST
The last week in 2006, I spent a few days measuring and
some of the larger Live Oaks I know of.
Grandson and myself went to Ocean Springs to measure the
Ruskin Oak and the Treasure Oak. Both are large and majestic
enjoyed sharing this with them and they seemed to really like
of all this measuring, maybe some future tree measurers. Anyway,
Ruskin Oak grows atop a small hillside overlooking a dry branch,
200 yards from the Ms. Sound. I talked with the adjacent land
he said Hurricane Katrina pushed water within a few feet of the
Incredible, this tree is 20' above sea level! Our results are
57' Height and 153' Spread. BTW the limbs on this tree grow
ground, some are underground for a moment then grow back up.
greatest spread of a Live Oak I've measured to date.
|The Ruskin Live Oak in Ocean Springs, Ms. 27'2" cbh and 153' Spread. The greatest spread of a Live Oak I've measured to date.
Next, we went about a mile east and a mile north to the
Treasure Oak. Its located at a Country Club just north of Hwy 90
slight ridge adjacent to a small bayou system called Ft. Bayou.
measured 24' CBH, 66' Height and had a spread of 137'. Both of
trees are Quite Majestic with minor damage from Hurricane
|The Treasure Oak in Ocean Springs. 24' cbh
66' height and 137' spread.
The next day
I remembered seeing a large Oak in East Biloxi and decided to
go and check it out. Glad I did! It was the largest tree to date
measured. It grows on a small ridge around 20'above sea level,
within 200 yards of the Ms. Sound. It also had minor damage and
its edge! It measured 35' CBH!, 54' Height and had a spread of
This tree is 10' in Dia., with massive limbs!
|East Biloxi Live Oak 35' CBH
57' Height 144' Spread. Largest Live Oak I've measured to date.
stop in Biloxi,
was at the Ms. Coliseum. Earlier in the year I remembered seeing
oak. Its growing on a flat about 200 yards from the Sound and
about 10' of water during Hurricane Katrina. It had some damage
looks like it's recovering nicely. It measured 24' CBH, 54'
137' Spread. Ed, I'll send some photos.
|The Coliseum Oak in Biloxi, Ms. 24'6" cbh
54' height and a 126' spread.
Live Oaks - back to Larry
04, 2007 05:33 PST
Congratulations, 35 feet, WOW! That is off the
It is time for the story of the live oak to be
told or re-told and
you are obviously the one called by unseen forces to do it.
were meant to be part of ENTS.
I remember a trip I made when still in the Air
Force to a number of
southern Air Force bases. I was inspecting postal and courier
at the time. As my permanent base, I was stuck in the Pentagon -
I would not wish off on any poor soul. After a few weeks in that
palace, I would have gladly mopped floors or cleaned toilets to
gotten away. But fortunately, it didn't come to that. I had a
that required a lot of travel. So in the mid-1970s, I found
myself on a
long trip by auto to inspect postal and courier stations. On the
particular trip I have in mind, I hit Shaw AFB in South Carolina
then it was on to Warner Robins in Georgia. I moved across the
states, hitting courier stations all the way to Shepard AFB in
before turning back. I recall seeing plenty of trees that
interest, but I wasn't into measuring then. I could identify the
species, but really wasn't sensitive to big tree numbers.
In those days, I could have never
imagined a time when I would be
communicating with a fellow southerner in cyberspace about big
but with me located in New England. I am looking forward to the
when Monica and I can hit the road. I miss the sight of Spanish
southern magnolias, live oaks, crape myrtle, loblollies,
dogwood, redbud, and at least the possibility of seeing an
somewhere. I'll pass over seeing an eastern diamondback or
Been there done that. People here in the Northeast cannot
large eastern diamondbacks can get, at least on occasion. What's
largest diamond back that you've seen? I bet our buddy Will Fell
Georgia has come across some real beauts. Will, what's the
12, 2007 07:20 PST
Wow, a 153' spread. No wonder the Ruskin Oak is growing like
Having the spread measurements for the live oaks is great. I've
thought for years that they may have the broadest crowns of any
species in the eastern US, and it seems like you're starting to
a case for that. It's also good to now that all the
you're reporting are for single stem trees, unless otherwise