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Candler Oak Tree
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Candler Oak Tree
Species Southern live oak (Quercus virginiana)
Coordinates 32°04′03″N 81°05′47″W / 32.0676°N 81.0963°W / 32.0676; -81.0963Coordinates: 32°04′03″N 81°05′47″W / 32.0676°N 81.0963°W / 32.0676; -81.0963

The Candler Oak Tree is located in Savannah, Georgia, and is estimated to have been growing since the 1700s, making it one of the oldest living landmarks in the area. It is 54 feet tall, has a circumference of 17 feet and a 63-inch diameter. Its average crown spread is 110 feet. The largest Tree in Georgia is located off of Mann Rd, Palmetto,Georgia. This Red Oak has a diameter of 10 Feet and is estimated to be 350-450 years old.

Location

The Candler Oak Tree is located on the property of Savannah College of Art and Design at Ruskin Hall, 516 Drayton Street, Savannah, GA 31401. The tree is located adjacent to Forsyth Park.

History

In 1984, the Savannah Tree Foundation secured the nation's first conservation easement on a single tree and a 6,804 foot easement was established to protect the Candler Oak from loss to development. In 2001, the Georgia Urban Forest Council designated the tree as a Georgia Landmark and Historic Tree. In 2012, Savannah Law School purchased the historic property on which the Candler Oak resides. The law school tried to take measures to protect the tree by putting up fences, reserving space for the tree's lowest branches, and placed the tree under security surveillance. The tree also served as the law school's logo. Unfortunately, the law school closed and is now owned by Savannah College of Art and Design.

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