Josephine Oak, Oak Alley Plantation

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Josephine Oak, view toward levee

The Josephine oak, named after Mrs. Josephine Stewart, is the largest in the alley of 28 oaks at Oak Alley Plantation in Vacherie, LA.  This immense tree is approximately 31’ in circumference, more than 70’ tall, and with a crown spread of approximately 150’.

It is in the west row of 14 trees in the historic alley. Oddly, most people assume the oaks at Oak Alley were planted at the same time that the plantation home was built between 1836–1839. However, it’s estimated that the trees pre-date the plantation home by as many as 100 years, making this the oldest alley of oaks in Louisiana and the U.S., possibly older than 350 years of age.


Josephine Oak panoramic view

All of the trees in the alley at Oak Alley are registered members of the Live Oak Society.

2 thoughts on “Josephine Oak, Oak Alley Plantation

  1. I would like to know how old (approx.) is my live oak. It is in Broussard La and about 33 feet in circumference.

    • Ray – thanks so much for writing. I just had a conversation with Jim Foret a couple of weeks ago about this exact thing — I’ve seen age estimates of oaks your size range anywhere from 400 to 1,000 years of age, though based on the size of some oaks that I know the date that they were planted, I would estimate your oak could be in the range of 400 to 500 years of age. Though this could vary depending on the conditions where the tree is planted — soil and air quality, access to water, foot or car traffic around the tree. But this is just a best guess…

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