Tree Talk

Village Sentinel OakVillage Sentinel sign

In Waycross, Georgia, everybody knows the "Village Sentinel." It is a live oak tree that's grown taller than any other live oak in the state, standing 77-feet high, with a limb spread of 155-feet. It is over 11-feet in diameter and is estimated to be at least 250 years old.

The Waycross live oak is an official "State Champion Tree," which means it is native to Georgia, is the largest known tree of its species, and is registered in the Georgia Champion Tree Program.

The Village Sentinel grows on the site of Waycross' Baptist River retirement community. The magnificent tree, with its dark, waxy leaves and low-hanging branches, shades almost half an acre of property. It is beloved by residents and town visitors alike.

To hear a delightful feature about the tree and the residents who live alongside it, click here.


photo credit: Thomas Whitley, GFC




Tree Talk will focus on a different Georgia tree each month.