Angel Oak is a Southern live oak (Quercus virginiana) – an evergreen oak tree – located in Angel Oak Park on Johns Island near Charleston, South Carolina. This live oak is an absolute must-see for anyone visiting Charleston, South Carolina.
It is estimated to be 500 years old (some contend that it is 1,500 years old), and stands 20 m (66.5 ft) tall, measures 8.5 m (28 ft) in circumference, and produces shade that covers 1,600 m2 (17,200 square feet).
The Angel Oak tree is probably the oldest living thing located east of the Mississippi River.
Live oak, also called Virginia live oak or “bay live oak”, is evergreen with a variety of forms, shrubby or dwarfed to large and spreading, depending upon the site. It can be found in the wild growing and reproducing on the lower coastal plain of the Gulf of Mexico and the South Atlantic United States.
Angel Oak Tree location
Located near the intersection of the Maybank Highway and Bohicket Road / Main Road on Johns Island, SC. Additionally, the tree stands out in a wooded area, about 12 miles from Ashley River.
The land where this tree stand was part of Abraham Waight’s 1717 land grant. The City of Charleston now owns the property.
Angel Oak was damaged severely during Hurricane Hugo in 1989 but has since recovered. It is now a protected tree and funded for continued maintenance. Also, Angel Oak Tree is featured in the book – The Locket – by Emily Nelson (Pub, Dec 13, 2010).
The area also hosts a number of artistic and social events throughout the spring and summer seasons, like the ‘Evening Under the Angel Oak’ series and Spoleto festival.
No tripods allowed around Angel Oak Tree.
Local lore suggests that the ghosts of former slaves hover around the tree like angels.
On Jun 18, 2017, a 5-hour standoff took place as local police attempted to talk one unidentified woman down from the Angel Oak tree.