LARGE LIVE OAKS ARE FAIRLY COMMON IN BRAZORIA COUNTY

While Brazoria County boasts of several well known and public big oak trees, this one is on private land.

While Brazoria County boasts of several well known and public big oak trees, this one is on private land.

My wife – who by the way is a bit short, but NOT a midget (although I apologize to any readers who are, no offense intended!) stands next to an impressive live oak tree on our Brazoria County property. Looking at this tree always makes me feel better – no matter my mood!

Finally got around to measuring this tree. Circumference is 16 feet, 8 inches! That puts the diameter (circumference divided by 3.14) at 63.7″, or 5.3 feet. There is an accepted formula to ESTIMATE the age of large trees which multiplies the diameter in inches at about 4.5 feet above the ground times a set “growth factor” for the species of tree, The GF for live oaks is 5.0, by which my “Big Tree” would be an estimated 318 years old!

Those who tell me I am “older than dirt” may be onto something, but I am NOT older than this tree! It is common to think something like “Oh, if this tree could talk, the tales it could tell!”, but since this one has always been back in thick woods, it may have had a long, rather boring life?

Guess we’ll never really know?

About MikeH

Texas hunter and fisherman for 50 years, published outdoor writer since 1979, licensed charter boat operator from 1982 to 2013. Past Member, Board of Directors, National Association of Charterboat Operators, current member Environmental Advisory Committee to the DOE and the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Married to Dorothy since 2000, one son, Michael who is recently married and living in Nederland, Texas. My wife and I live in Oyster Creek, Texas, near Freeport, and have a hunting property outside of Brazoria, Texas.
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