Posted: Wed Jul 05, 2017 12:08 pm
by AndrewJoslin
This is a wild Live Oak grove that I stumbled upon while roaming dirt roads in Francis Marion National Forest (coastal South Carolina) in January 2015. It was a great relief to find after passing nearly endless tracts of young loblolly growing in rows. These were not monster trees but were very good sized. The overall form of the trees in the grove matches well with the other examples of forest-grown Live Oak shown previously in this thread. I was not carrying measuring gear but the trees were not overall tall perhaps in the 75' range max but impressive in girth and crown gnarl/form.

The understory was quite open suggesting the development of an oak/savannah habitat.

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This one was the most vertical of the group, my hat for scale lower right, probably 13' CBH range, not a record breaker at all but a fine tree to encounter.

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Looking down from the crown, surprisingly vertical tree considering the look of the grove in general.

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-AJ