Thursday, October 6, 2011

Live Oaks

A Street in Savannah
 I had pictures of Live Oaks on my Blog a few days ago and A Heron's View commented that it was good to see so many live oaks (quercus virginiana), the shipbuilder tree.  I'd never heard it called that before and was rather surprised because when you look at it it's not one you picture as part of a ship.  They tend to be a bit twisty and branch very soon.  So I looked them up in wikipedia and sure enough that's what they're called, they were used primarily for hull parts such as knee braces,  Like all oaks they're very strong and their wood lasts forever.

Europe has few of them left now having been used up by early in the 19th century, but they thrive here in the coastal south from Virginia to Texas,t hough not so much inland.  You see them along all the coastal rivers, the swamps and wetlands.  Frequently they're festooned in Spanish Moss.    They are Georgia's state tree and a particular favorite of mine.

Forsyth Park Savannah

1 comment:

  1. Looking at the 2nd photo down where the tree appears to lying on the ground. It is quite easy to see how part of it would make the forefoot of bow and first part of the keel, for it has a natural curve which would provide strength. Such characteristics are exactly what the old sailing ship builders would look for when selecting a tree.


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