Footprints through history: America's big trees have seen it all

01 Jan PONDEROSA PINE VAR PONDEROSAYuma Sun recently talked with Davey's Sandra Reid about its sponsorhip of the The National Register of Big Trees. As a sponsor of the NRBT for 25 years, Davey takes pride in honoring the significance of these large and wonderous trees while administering proper care to each customer's trees in hopes that they will one day become one of them.

Posted: Thursday, January 16, 2014 10:30 p.m.

By Karen Bowen

Everyone enjoys the beauty of trees, whether they are growing in our yards, parks or public spaces.

They grace our yards with shade in summer, shower down beautifully colored leaves in fall, provide sculptural masterpieces in winter, and then, once again, offer a glorious canopy of summer greenery.

Some trees, such as the Liberty Tree or the Angel Oak have lived long enough to achieve historical relevance, as well as being majestic beauties. Their age has allowed them to witness significant events in our country’s history that we can only read about.

The Angel Oak, located on Johns Island, twelve miles from Charleston, S.C., is a southern live oak that, according to reports, was already a mighty oak tree on Abraham Waight’s land in 1717 and is about 500 years old. The Angel Oak stayed in the Waight family for four generations and then became part of a marriage settlement when Justus Angel married Martha Waight Tucker. Its name, Angel Oak, is derived from their last name, Angel.

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