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