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Live Oaks

The live oak, Quercus virginiana, is the most majestic of all oaks. It does not grow straight and tall as most oaks but is rounded in shape and spreads its branches. It can live to be over a thousand years old. Live oaks grow in 14 states in the United States.
The live oak is a stalwart tree. Because of its strength, its size and its shape it can withstand hurricane winds more than any other tree. People have climbed into its limbs during hurricanes to survive. During Hurricane Katrina three people clung to a live oak in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi for almost four hours as the raging waters and 125 mph winds ripped their clothes off of them. If it were not for the live oaks in New Orleans following Katrina the City would have been naked indeed.

A POEM ABOUT THE LIVE OAK
I saw in Louisiana a live oak growing,
All alone stood it and the moss hung down from the branches,
Without any companion it grew there uttering joyous leaves of dark green,
And its look, rude, unbending, lusty, made me think of myself,
But I wonder'd how it could utter joyous leaves standing alone
there without its friend near, for I knew I could not.
-Walt Whitman

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National Champion - Live Oak (Quercus virginiana) in Lewisburg, Louisiana
National Champion - Live Oak (Quercus virginiana) in Lewisburg, Louisiana
Miss Jane Pittman Live Oak in Pointe Coupee' , Louisiana
Miss Jane Pittman Live Oak in Pointe Coupee' , Louisiana
Randall oak in New Roads, LA
Randall oak in New Roads, LA
Chalmette Cemetery - Battle of 1812 History
Chalmette Cemetery - Battle of 1812 History
Live Oaks in St. Bernard Parish
Live Oaks in St. Bernard Parish
New Orleans City Park Ancient Oak Grove
New Orleans City Park Ancient Oak Grove
The Walking Oak in New Orleans City Park.
The Walking Oak in New Orleans City Park.
Early Morning in the Oaks at Evergreen Plantation
Early Morning in the Oaks at Evergreen Plantation
Old Oak Wraps Its Arms Around the Garconniere.
Old Oak Wraps Its Arms Around the Garconniere.
Live Oak in Meraux, Louisiana
Live Oak in Meraux, Louisiana
Live Oak Tree Shelters the Dead at Louisiana Prison
Live Oak Tree Shelters the Dead at Louisiana Prison
The Live Oaks of Evergreen Plantation
The Live Oaks of Evergreen Plantation
Ancient Oaks of Jefferson College
Ancient Oaks of Jefferson College
Live Oaks Survive Another Spillway Opening
Live Oaks Survive Another Spillway Opening
The Lee Bing Oak
The Lee Bing Oak
Seven Sisters Oak
Seven Sisters Oak
The Seven Sisters Oak
The Seven Sisters Oak
The Abbot Paul Oak
The Abbot Paul Oak
Live Oaks Holding Hands
Live Oaks Holding Hands
A View Through the Spanish Moss
A View Through the Spanish Moss
Springtime
Springtime
Afton Villa's Entrance of a Cathedral of Live Oaks and Azaleas
Afton Villa's Entrance of a Cathedral of Live Oaks and Azaleas
The Oak is a Many Splendored Thing
The Oak is a Many Splendored Thing
The Bonnabel Oak
The Bonnabel Oak
The Saving Tree
The Saving Tree
Oaks of Oak Alley Plantation
Oaks of Oak Alley Plantation
Oak in Audubon Park
Oak in Audubon Park
The Walking Oak in December 2004.
The Walking Oak in December 2004.
Live Oaks in a Rainstorm
Live Oaks in a Rainstorm
Old Dickory and Coleen
Old Dickory and Coleen
Roosevelt Mall in City Park the Spring After Hurricane Katrina
Roosevelt Mall in City Park the Spring After Hurricane Katrina
Ancient Live Oak at Afton Villa
Ancient Live Oak at Afton Villa
Live Oaks in Their New Clothes
Live Oaks in Their New Clothes
Cathedral Of Oaks
Cathedral Of Oaks
Reine house on River Road - Five Oaks
Reine house on River Road - Five Oaks
Garconniere at Houma's House
Garconniere at Houma's House
Reine House - Five Oaks
Reine House - Five Oaks
D'estrehan Manor House
D'estrehan Manor House
Houmas House with large live oak
Houmas House with large live oak
The Wayne Gaupp Oak at Destrehan Plantation
The Wayne Gaupp Oak at Destrehan Plantation
The D'estrehan Live Oak
The D'estrehan Live Oak
Chairman seated at the base of the President of the Live Oak Society
Chairman seated at the base of the President of the Live Oak Society