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The Big Tree

Updated: Jan 4, 2023

The “Big Tree”, Is located in Aransas County on the Lamar Peninsula near the town of Rockport, Texas. It is considered one of the most famous live oaks in the world after being named “Texas State Champion Virginia Live Oak” (Quercus virginianus) in 1969. The “Big Tree” is still thought to be one of the largest live oak specimens in the United States.

The Big Tree in Lamar, Texas is a beloved local landmark and a must-see destination for visitors to the area. In this post, we'll take a closer look at the history, description, and cultural significance of the Big Tree.

The Big Tree is a beloved local landmark and a symbol of the community's history and culture.

Despite the widespread, historically significant devastation of the surrounding region, the “Big Tree” was relatively unscathed by Hurricane Harvey, a category 4 hurricane that hit Rockport Texas on August 25, 2017

Visiting the “Big Tree” today is easy with available roadside parking. The base of the tree is cordoned off to dissuade climbers, but visitors are nonetheless able to stand below the crown to appreciate the tree’s massive size.

The Big Tree is an impressive sight, with a massive trunk and a canopy that spans over 100 feet. The tree is located in a small park in Lamar, surrounded by a grassy lawn and a wooden fence. Visitors can walk around the tree and marvel at its size, or rest on one of the benches located nearby.

If you would like to visit the big tree here is a map of how to get there:

Map to get to the Big Tree

According to climatologists, the “Big Tree” has survived between forty and fifty major hurricanes, including the most recent, Harvey, and numerous floods, droughts, and wildfires.

The Texas Forest Service estimates the tree to be over 1,000 years old, while other recent estimates place it nearer to 2,000 years old. Also known as Bishop Oak and Lamar Oak, the “Big Tree” is a charter member (#16) of the Live Oak Society and has been the subject of one of Ripley’s “Believe It or Not” cartoons. The “Big Tree” is possibly the oldest extant live oak in the world. It possesses a circumference of over 35 feet and is more than 45 feet tall, while the crown’s spread is 90 feet.

“Record” or “champion” trees are determined by a cumulative measure of their girth, their spread, and their height, however, the near-continuous Gulf breeze limits the height of the “Big Tree”; therefore, there exist many other live oak specimens that are actually taller, but once girth is factored in, that measure makes the “Big Tree” the second-largest live oak in Texas.

The “Big Tree” statistics:

  1. Trunk circumference: 35 feet 1.75 inches or 10.71 meters

  2. Average trunk diameter: 11 feet 2.25 inches or 3.41 meters

  3. Crown spread: 89 feet or 27.1 meters

  4. Height: 44 feet or 13.4 meters

  5. Age: Exact age is unknown – but it is centuries old.

Here is what some of its many visitors have had to say about it:

Google review of The Big Tree by John T. Ferguson ★★★★★ “This is the one of the biggest trees in texas. So it’s really big. it’s really nice to look at. There are whooping cranes around in the area if you’re interested in that. The only thing that I would ding them on is there’s no restroom.”

Google review of The Big Tree by Shirley Roberg ★★★★★ “This was an amazing must see! Pictures and words alone won’t do the trick”

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In addition to providing information about the local area. is also a great resource for those who are interested in the history and culture of Rockport and Fulton. The website includes articles and photos that highlight the rich history of the towns and their unique character.

Overall, the website is an excellent resource for anyone planning a trip to Rockport and Fulton, or for those who simply want to learn more about these charming coastal towns.

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