20-foot live oak finds new home on USC Horseshoe

The Associated PressNovember 22, 2013 

COLUMBIA, SC A 20-foot live oak is getting a new home on the University of South Carolina campus where the school’s oldest tree once grew.

The new live oak arrived Wednesday. It was planted in a 94-inch hole behind the Osborne Administration Building.

The tree is 10 inches in diameter and has a spread of more than 16 feet.

The new tree replaces a massive live oak estimated to be nearly 150 years old. The old tree was removed in June because of safety concerns. Lightning hit the tree more than five years ago and was cracking.

There are more than 3,700 trees on the university grounds with 90 species in its urban forest.

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