TREASURE TREES

#037 White Oak (Quercus alba)

This White Oak stands by an original farmhouse built over 220 years ago. The tree was planted before the construction of the house and stands in a row of other extremely large White Oaks. These Oaks likely lined a pasture and provided a large amount of shade for those operations. The property has been in the same family for hundreds of years, although some of the surrounding land has been sold off over the years. The man in the original photo is the current homeowner, photographed in 1992! The owner noted that Hurricane Hugo (1989) damaged every single tree on the property except for this Treasure Tree.

Statistics (1992//2020)

  • Circumference (In.): 190"/127"
  • Height (Ft.): 90'/92'
  • Avg. Crown Spread (Ft.): 110'/130'
  • Total Points: 316/342

More Information

  • Nominated By: Hoyt Hamilton
  • Year Added: 1992
  • Owned By: Hoyt and Carol Hamilton
  • Current condition: Good
  • Neighborhood: Mountain Island
  • Property Type: Private Home
  • Nearest Address: Private Property
  • Ecological Value: Trees sequester CO2 in their roots, trunks, branches, and leaves as they grow. This White Oak will absorb 3,250 lbs of CO2 from the atmosphere just this year! That cancels out the carbon emissions from 4 months of driving in a mid-size sedan!
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