Dating the age of an oak tree

10-Aug-2020 16:52

Also consider the fact that other than a few old Spanish missions on the islands, the mainland of GA was not settled until about 1730, about 275 years ago.

The old original roads and alleys are lined with massive large live oaks which would lead me to believe they were less than 275 years old. Better yet, if you could get two narrow samples that go across the cross-section, that would be great. When you don't have the inside of a tree, if it is rotten, you really can't produce an accurate estimate as to how old the tree is.

The crew quit after 3 trees [they were contracted to cut 6-9] because it wasn't worth it to them. Thanks for your effort, Neil Neil and Larry, This is way cool. We put everything else in ENTS on some kind of comparative scale, why not tree resistance to being cored? It will be cool to see how old a 4' diameter live oak will be at 10' off the ground. For those interested there are some neat articles on Live Oak on the web.

We will have an internally cross-dated age for this tree as a result of these samples. Neil Ed, The diameter of the piece was 4'6" at one point to 4'2" at another point. Larry, Thanks for the photos I will post them the next time Looks like a fantastic tree. The American Forest website has an excellent article from Winter 2006 on Live Oaks, Hurricane Katrina, and the Live oak society: Live Oak Society website: Live Oak society is limited to one human member and currently has 5452 member trees in 14 states. There are some nice photo galleries on the website.

I have two here in my nursery in SE Pa that have made it through the winters with little protection. Neil -------------------------------------- I was able to get a piece of 4'6" dia., Live Oak cut for me and the ENTS.

I will be shipping a slab to Neil Pederson for ageing purposes!

Would you like some more Live Oak samples to help in accurate aging data? I still think these 9' to 10' Dia., trees are around 400 years old. I'm looking forward to the Kentucky meeting, I have lots of questions for you.

There is a large variation in growth rates from site to site and extrapolations may be off dramatically.

We don't see the pith, but it can't be too far off. Do you have a list of hurricane dates for the surrounding region?

Neil Neil, ENTS, The Live Oak sample I sent was from the Ms. We could blindly test the date, even though that still wouldn't prove too much as the tree dating is uncertain.

Given that, we crossdated using visual characteristics: ring color, 'interesting bands' of pore vessels, and even a scar in one ring.

The age on the samples dates to what we think it 1872.

There is a large variation in growth rates from site to site and extrapolations may be off dramatically.We don't see the pith, but it can't be too far off. Do you have a list of hurricane dates for the surrounding region?Neil Neil, ENTS, The Live Oak sample I sent was from the Ms. We could blindly test the date, even though that still wouldn't prove too much as the tree dating is uncertain.Given that, we crossdated using visual characteristics: ring color, 'interesting bands' of pore vessels, and even a scar in one ring.The age on the samples dates to what we think it 1872.This tree has withstood numerous Hurricanes over the years, but was brought down due to Hurricane Kartina. Gulf Coast has thousands of these trees, some are of great age and quite large. Dear Larry, Yes, live oak is not easy to work with; I should have warned you of that.