Wednesday, February 13, 2019

An Icon Of The Old South

This gorgeous Live Oak (Quercus virginiana) - also known as the southern live oak, an evergreen oak tree native to the southeastern United States - is located at Alamo Plaza, within The Alamo historic complex.

The informational plaque near the tree says:

"In the early part of the twentieth century, many San Antonio residents believed it was impossible to transport full-grown trees.  Walter Whall - a retired English seaman - started San Antonio's first tree moving company and proved it could be done.  He carefully removed the earth from around the roots of the tree to be moved and then used a block and tackle to lift it out of the ground.  They transported the mature trees through the streets on a wagon pulled by four mules.  Whall contended that the hardest part of moving a full-grown tree was avoiding power and telegraph lines.

This Live Oak was approximately forty years old when Whall brought it to the Alamo around 1912.  The base of the century-old tree now measures twelve feet in circumference while its main branches are over fifty feet long."

Click the panoramic photo below to enlarge and see the beauty of this tree.

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