The Savannah Candler Oak is thought to be over 300 years old, is 54 feet tall and has an average crown spread of 111 feet! You've probably driven past it a hundred times, however, this drone footage gives you a different perspective! Enjoy!
The Oldest Tree in Savannah!
Across from Forsyth Park stands Savannah’s oldest tree. The Candler Oak is assumed to be about 300 years old.
Throughout the 1800s and 1900s, the buildings around the tree were hospitals. During the Civil War, it was a confederate hospital known as Camp Davidson. Stockades were built beneath the tree to hold union prisoners of war.
From 1930 – 1980, the hospital was operated was the Warren A. Candler Hospital. The hospital was purchased shortly after by Huntingdon II, Ltd. but continued to provide health services for 20 more years.
During this time, the Candler Oak suffered from severe stress and was said to die by the end of the 20th century. As a result, the Savannah Tree Foundation was formed in 1982 and their first project was to preserve this tree.
Because of the conservation easement established in 1984, the tree was protected from any further loss from the surrounding developing land. The easement was eventually donated by Huntingdon II, Ltd. to the Savannah Tree Foundation.
In 2012, the Savannah Law School bought the property on which the Candler Oak stands and dedicated four parking spots to the tree’s lowest branches. The tree also serves as the school’s logo.
Since the donation of the easement, The Savannah Tree Foundation has ensured that the Candler Oak has gotten the proper care it needs to survive. It will continue to live a long life and be a symbol to historic Savannah.
Dimensions as of 2013:
Diameter – 65 inches
Circumference -17 feet
Height – 54 feet
Average crown spread – 110.25 feet
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Arbor Day in Georgia
Arbor Day is a day set aside for schools, civic clubs, and other organizations, as well as individuals, to reflect on the importance of trees in our state and across our nation. J. Sterling Morton, the father of Arbor Day, initiated the holiday in Nebraska in 1872. He said, “Other holidays repose upon the past; Arbor Day proposes for the future.”
The first Georgia Arbor Day was proclaimed by the Georgia General Assembly in December, 1890. In 1941, the General Assembly set the third Friday in February as the day of our state Arbor Day. While National Arbor Day is the third Friday in April, it is too warm at that time of the year to plant trees in Georgia. Trees should be planted between November and mid-March so they will have a better chance of becoming established before the onset of summer heat.
Every tree planted on Arbor Day helps clean the air and water, beautify neighborhoods, provide homes for wildlife, conserve energy, and prevent soil erosion, among many other benefits. Arbor Day gives everyone an opportunity to learn about the benefits trees provide to communities.