Majestic Giant: The Timeless Beauty of the Angel Oak Tree on Johns Island

The Angel Oak Tree is a famous Southern live oak tree (Quercus virginiana) located in Angel Oak Park on Johns Island.  Estimated to be the largest live oak east of the Mississippi, the Angel Oak is estimated to be 300-400 years old and stands at a height of about 65 feet with a canopy that provides shade covering an area of approximately 17,000 square feet.

Aside from it’s size, what makes the Angel Oak Tree particularly remarkable are the intricate, sprawling branches that seem to reach out in all directions. Some of the branches are so large that they require additional support to prevent them from breaking under their own weight. The tree has become a popular tourist attraction and is a symbol of the natural beauty and historical significance of the Lowcountry.

The origin of the name “Angel Oak” is uncertain, but it’s believed to have been named after the estate of Justus Angel, a landowner in the 19th century. The tree has also been the subject of various legends and local stories, adding to its mystique.

Visitors to Angel Oak Park can admire and take photographs of this iconic tree while learning about its history and the efforts made to preserve and protect it for future generations.  For more information on visiting the park, please visit the City of Charleston’s website.