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.
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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.