When BSWCD Affiliate Members Gene and Jane Williams decided to call the SC Forestry Commission for an official recording of measurements on the large chestnut oak in their yard in Pinopolis, he already knew he had something special .
The large Chestnut Oak , also called a Swamp Oak, had been previously surveyed by friend and forester Acie Edwards who surmised the tree was most likely over 200 years old.
The SCFC representative came and took official measurements using his technical instruments on the tree in the Williams’ yard. He confirmed that this tree was probably “almost as old as our country.”
Comparing the measurements of their tree to state records, it was determined the Pinopolis tree was just a little smaller than the state record in circumference and height.
After comparing the findings to all recorded measurements, it was determined that while the Williams’ tree was not officially the state record in overall size, the canopy (or crown) spread is larger than the state record.
The record holding tree for this species in overall size is locat-ed in the Congaree National Forest outside of Columbia in an area that has never been harvested.
Tree Smart Tips:
Correct planting procedures will help each tree, shrub, or other plant grow to become healthy and vigorous, able to live to the limits of its natural life..
Where to Plant: Consider how big your trees will grow. Avoid planting under or near overhead utility lines, and check for underground utilities, too.
A young tree’s best friend, mulch insulates soil, retains moisture, keeps out weeds, prevents soil compaction, reduces lawnmower damage, and adds an aesthetic touch to a yard or street. Remove any grass within a 3- foot area and pour organic mulch such as wood chips or bark pieces 2-4– inches deep within the circle. Keep the mulch from touching the trunk of the tree.
Correct pruning is important. Prune early in the tree’s life so pruning wounds are small, but do not start until the third year or so. A new transplant needs its leaves to produce for new growth. Identify the best leader and lateral branches before you begin pruing and remove any defective parts before pruning to form. Try to find and use lateral branches that form “10 o’clock” or “2 o’clock” angles with the trunk. Branches with such an-gles will have greater strength than those with sharper angles. “Prune with an eye to the future.”
TREES: provide cover and food for wildlife . help prevent soil erosion . provide beauty to our landscapes . clean the air we breathe