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.