Waveland Mississippi Live Oak Larry Tucei
March 1, 2009


I traveled along Hwy 90 west today across Bay of St. Louis to the small city of Waveland. I was told of a large Live Oak near the Bay by a friend at work. I saw this tree a year ago but I didn't get a chance to go back to it. He refreshed my memory a couple weeks ago so off I went to measure it. A nice specimen growing 300 yards from the Bay of St. Louis on Michigan St. CBH-23', H-48.6' and Avg. Sp. 120'x114'.  This tree had adapted well to its location. A broad crown but low in height, which seams to be the norm close to the gulf. This area was hit the hardest by Hurricane Katrina back in 2005. Water height here was 35-40' above normal! This Oak had only 8-13' of the crown above saltwater for the duration of the storm. You can see by the photos with little damage! All around this area has little development, and scars will  remain for decades. I also did a big Palm at the old  Hancock Bank in Bay St. Louis, a city just northeast of Waveland. I'll post it at a later date.  

Lawrence Tucei Jr.


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