New Live Oaks Named Tum Tum, God's Wonder, Shady Eden

Tum Tum, Brother Joseph, God's Wonder, and Shady Eden are among the newest members of a national registry of grand, gnarly live oaks -- evergreen oaks found around the South and in California.

Tum Tum is named for a cat and Brother Joseph for a monk who taught at the school where it's located. Tum Tum is 16 feet around: a centenarian by Louisiana-based Live Oak Society rules. The other three are in the society's junior league at 13, 10 and the minimum 8 feet in circumference.

Coleen Perilloux Landry is chairman of the registry created to help preserve the old trees.

She estimates she's registered more than 4,000 of the society's 7,500 trees since 2001. Fourteen states are represented. The smallest number is one tree in Kentucky.

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