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13 must-see trees around the world

By: Sidney Stevens on Nov. 16, 2016, 12:01 p.m.
Angel Oak in South Carolina

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Angel Oak

The grand Angel Oak has stood watch on Johns Island off the coast of South Carolina for some 1,500 years. That makes it one of the oldest living things east of the Mississippi. At 66 feet tall with a 9-foot diameter trunk, this mammoth live oak may not be the most massive tree in existence, but its spectacular canopy is something to behold, offering over 17,000 square feet of shade. The Angel Oak is currently owned by the city of Charleston, but it faces environmental threats from a developer seeking to cut down the protective forest that surrounds it.