Angel Oak is one of the oldest organisms east of the Mississippi, believed to be over 1,500 years-old.
Before you start with the “It’s photoshoped” comments, check Wikipedia and you’ll see it’s very real. Angel Oak is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Charlestone, South Carolina. It has a height of 20 meters, measures 2.7 meters in diameter and it’s crown shades an area of 1,600 square meters. It’s longest limb stretches out 27 meters.
Its name comes from the Angel estate, but local legends say ghosts of former slaves sometimes appear around the tree, as angels.
Angel Oak has survived countless earthquakes and floods, as well as human interference. It was damaged by Hurricane Hugo, in 1989, but has since then recovered.