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The Angel Oak tree in Charleston, South Carolina is thought to be one of the oldest living organisms east of the Mississippi River. It stands 65 feet tall, is 28 ft in circumference, and an area of 17,000 square feet is shaded by it's branches. The largest branch reaches 187 feet long.With an estimated 1,500 years in age, this Southern live oak has survived a number of hurricanes, floods, and earthquakes. It was damaged by Hurricane Hugo in 1989 but recovered and continues to grow.

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