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
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.