The Spooner Oak – A possible new national champion live oak

I received this email from Susan Granbery on July 16, 2015 3:48 PM:
Check out this live oak in Iron City, GA (far southwest corner of GA near the Alabama line). The folks from the Big Tree Registry are flying down


“Recently discovered” lIve oak (Quercus virginiana) in Iron City, GA.

tomorrow to measure it for national champion status. Our forester says it’s a 20 minute drive from the nearest Dairy Queen. No one ever knew it existed. Look out Seven Sisters of Louisiana!   Susan Granbery, Urban & Community Forestry Coordinator, Georgia Forestry Commission
6835 James B. Rivers/Memorial Dr., Stone Mountain, GA 30083.
The current champion is a live oak (Quercus virginiana) in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana. According to the American Forests Champion Trees site, this “big tree” made the list in 1976 and “is the largest known tree of its species in the country.” This 68 ft. tall live oak has a crown spread of 139 ft. and a trunk circumference of 467 inches. Do we have a new champion?
In South Carolina, our biggest live oak is 62 ft. high with a crown spread of 129 ft. wide and  a trunk circumference of 385 inches. Sadly, its canopy was damaged in a storm.

6 thoughts on “The Spooner Oak – A possible new national champion live oak

  1. Well, We here Iron City, Georgia knew about this tree. Does that make us a bunch of “No Ones”? It is sort like the native Americans said about being “Discovered”. “We already knew We were here”. Steve Cross

    • Excellent point, Mr. Cross. Your analogy is spot-on. Thankfully, at least for those of us who appreciate big trees, we have become aware of this “secret” in your neck-of-the-woods. We’re delighted to see this magnificent live oak.

      • Bob, Thanks for your reply. I feel that photo and video documentation is important as not everyone can visit Monumental Trees in person. If anyone wanted to see this tree ,they could contact me 229-774-2781 office 229-726-5561 cell. Or for a “Virtual Visit” google “Spooner Live Oak–Biggest Live Oak in The World”/ you tube. Steve Cross

  2. Bob and All, Are you aware of “Our” tall ship in San Diego, California? It is called The San Salvador Ship Recreation which is a recreation of a 1542 Spanish Galleon built by The San Diego Maritime Museum. It is the only Tall Ship built in the 21st century framed with Maritime Southern Live Oak cut and supplied by my company, Cross Sawmill and Lumber. From The Forest Inventory Analysis Numbers it took ”one ten thousandth”of the 100 year old plus Southern Live Oak in Georgia to build and less than “One Millionth” of the total Southern Live Oak in the State Of Georgia. Would that Qualify as “Sustainable”? Steve Cross

  3. We, Eli Dickerson, David Edwards, Mark McClellan, Myself, Steve Cross and others remeasured The Spooner Live Oak today August 17,2015. According to the rules AND counting The Village Sentinel’s “Triple Trunks” as a single trunk it is Co-Champion of the World. Counting only “Single Trunks” nothing else on record is even close—— Soooooo!!!!! Single Trunk Champion of The World. PS The Village Sentinel is to be remeasured following the stringent procedure we followed on The Spooner Oak. The video is to be posted on BBQ TV soon.

  4. Pop Quiz? According to The United States Forest Inventory Analysis , How many Southern Live Oak/Quercus Virginiana are there in The Continental United States? How about 1.3 Billion (that is a B). How any person that claimed to be educated on Live Oak could say they were rare or endangered is beyond me.

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