The Sallier Oak

This Live Oak tree is on the grounds of the Imperial Calcasieu Museum in Lake Charles, Louisiana and is approximately 375 years old, with limbs covered in resurrection fern. It was struck by lightening in a storm 150 years ago, and the trunk of the tree split. Area residents used a large chain wrapped around the trunk to hold it together. Today, you can still see the chain, which has now grown into the tree. Live oak trees typically live to be about 500 years old. It is named after Charles Sallier, one of the first settlers in Lake Charles, and the city’s namesake.

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