Trees in Boxes

Reports and materials related to the Live Oak Project. The project was initiated by Larry Tucei to document the great live oak tree ((Quercus virginia) found in the southern United States.

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Trees in Boxes

Post by edfrank » Sun Dec 12, 2010 7:36 pm

Trees in boxes
Sunday, December 12, 2010
by Rebecca ... -in-boxes/
In a clearing across the street from the 4-H stands an odd sight: a collection of small- to middling-sized live oak trees rooted in large wooden boxes, like Brobdingnagian potted plants.

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A lot of construction is happening on the island at the moment, including the building of a new convention center, shopping center, and gas station. Apparently this is the local government’s attempt to save the lives of trees that are being displaced, stashing them here temporarily until they can be transplanted somewhere else permanently. Of course, it’s more for PR than anything else, because a lot of these trees probably won’t survive the stress of moving. (continued)
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Post by James Parton » Sun Dec 12, 2010 9:31 pm

Yeah, probably PR, but hopefully some will survive.
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Re: Trees in Boxes

Post by Larry Tucei » Thu Dec 16, 2010 10:58 am

Ed, James,

Live Oaks due well when transplanted properly. Some large Live Oaks have been transplanted in South Ms, and La., with great success. One tree in La.,It took hundreds of people working over 48 hours to re-plant the live oak tree (Quercus Virginiana) on Ol’ Man Island. It is the largest living oak tree ever to be transplanted, with an original height of 55 feet and a weight of approximately 85 tons (including box and dirt). This live oak, and its sister tree in front of Port Orleans Riverside, were transplanted from the site that now contains Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park. A wooden plaque on the island reads as follows:

“On Earth Day April 22, 1991 this majestic Live Oak was placed in its new home before you, The Oak and its companion at the entrance of Disney’s Port Orleans Resort Riverside each weighed 85 tons and were transplanted from a wooded location 13 miles away. Cypress boxes 22 foot square were constructed around and beneath each Oak, and after months of preparation, the transportation took three days. Ol’ Man Island was then constructed around this Oak as you see it now."

In Ms, Here’s an interesting story about a large tree, although not a champion tree.

The largest tree in the world ever transplanted, a live oak weighing almost 300 tons, was picked up and moved 100 yards during the weekend of April 13-14, 1996, in Biloxi, Mississippi. This giant tree—593,049 pounds, 50 feet tall, a trunk 52 inches in diameter and branch circumference 95 feet wide—was actually the largest of 3 giant live oaks that Grand Casino contracted to be moved in order to preserve them. This world-record transplant was performed by Environmental Design, a Houston, Texas firm. The cost was $35,000 for the actual uprooting and moving, with the total contract for the project estimated at $60,000.


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Re: Trees in Boxes

Post by Marcboston » Thu Dec 16, 2010 11:16 am

Back in the early 90's I did a co-op job at Disney World. It was a great experience and fun place to work. During that time Disney was going to expand the "Wilderness" campground and I was able to get on the team that moved several huge oaks! I will have to dig up some of the photos and post them on here. FYI: If you ever go to Disney look at the trees trunks. If you see a perfect circle of new cambium tissue at DBH, it is a tree that was moved. I have to run out the door, but in short the trees were drilled to allow a steel pin to be inserted for a crane to lift the trees on trucks etc. After the move they would put a oak dowel in and the tree would carpartmentalize over it!

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