A massive live oak older than the city of Beaufort has been identified and adopted by a local tree care company.
The Beaufort Gazette reports the oak, estimated at more than 350 years old, is on the former Cherry Hill Plantation and towers over the grave of a slave.
Michael Murphy of Preservation Tree Care says the company set out two years ago to find the oldest and largest trees around Beaufort, which is celebrating its 300th anniversary.
The tree has a 9.5-foot diameter and was the largest of 130 trees measured. Its diameter is 8 inches larger than the famed Angel Oak in Charleston.
The tree is in good health, although it has been damaged by lightning.