The ‘Big Tree’ that Survived Hurricane Harvey   1 comment


The Treeographer

Amidst the destruction that Hurricane Harvey brought to coastal Texas, one giant oak tree stood tall. Very tall, in fact. ‘The Big Tree’ of Rockport is one of the largest live oak (quercus virginiana) trees in the United States, at nearly 14 meters (45 feet) tall. Usually larger trees are more vulnerable to high winds. When Harvey made landfall in Rockport, it brought 175 kpm (108mph) winds and heavy rain. Many of the smaller trees nearby were ripped from the ground or torn apart, but The Big Tree sustained surprisingly little damage. Due to the tree’s low center of gravity and extensive root system, it remained firmly in place.

Big_tree The Big Tree – photo by Larry D. Moore CC BY-SA 3.0

Although some now say the tree may be closer to 2000 years old, even conservative estimates age the tree well over 1000 years. This means that in its youth, The Big Tree…

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Posted October 19, 2017 by kenneturner in Information

One response to “The ‘Big Tree’ that Survived Hurricane Harvey

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  1. I’m glad this gorgeous tree survived. Btw, there’s another story about it after Harvey here:


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