Trees measured for Live Oak registry

The Bulb & Blossom Club has measured trees in the Eunice area for inclusion in the Live Oak Society register.

Pam Quirk said there are a number of other trees in the area that could be candidates

for the register, including some of the oaks at Louisiana State University at Eunice.

Trees are measured by girth (measured from 4 to 4 1/2 feet from the ground) and by spread (from farthest tip to farthest tip).

A tree’s girth must be a minimum of eight feet to quality. Trees with girth more than 16 feet are classified as centenarians, Quirk said.

Trees have to be named to register them. Those registered as a result of Bulb & Blossom’s measuring project include:

Pamela’s Oak (16 feet 15 inches)

121 South 6th

Owners: Bob & Pam Quirk

3 Oaks (15 feet)

4998 Duralde Highway

Owner: Earl Granger

Big Tree (17 feet 3 inches)

215 Back Acres Lane, Iota

Owner: Ed LeJeune

Hudson Oak (22 feet three inches)

207 C.C. Hudson Road

Owner: Herman Hudson

Edmund’s Oak (12 feet 6 inches)

1593 Hwy. 29

Owner: Edmund Frey

The Live Oak Society was founded in 1934 by Dr. Edwin Lewis Stephens, the first president of Southwestern Louisiana Institute (now the University of Louisiana- Lafayette).

The Society began with 45 members chosen by Dr. Stephens and now boasts 5,935 members in 14 states and is under the auspices of the Louisiana Garden Club Federation, Inc.

Its chairman is the only human member of the Society.

The current president is the “Seven Sisters Oak”, formerly known as “Doby’s Seven Sisters”. The owner who first named the tree was Carole Hendry Doby, who was one of seven sisters.

“Seven Sisters Oak” is located in the Lewisburg area of Mandeville on the shore of Lake Pontchartrain. Estimated by foresters to be 1,200 years old, this tree has a girth of over 38 feet.

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