What Happened?


On Tuesday I hinted at the HUGE tree down in our yard. First, let’s go back to Helping in the Yard though. You might remember the tree I talked about climbing and the neighbor coming out to assist me because, as he delicately put it, I was “going to break my neck.” Well, there it is to the left in all its upright glory.

I have since learned that this tree, and several others in the yard, are called Laurel Oaks. I was also told that they can be called Water Oaks but according to Wikipedia, those are two different types of species. I will do a little more research on this and get back to you. I digress . . . there it is in all its upright glory.

Wednesday morning I got a phone call from my neighbor about one pm informing me that a “real big” tree had fallen in my yard. I was not close to home so I called David. He went to the house and then called me saying, “Well, this is something Christie.” And he was right.

I arrived home about an hour later and this is the sight that greeted me:

What happened? Keep checking back in to find out more about this tree mystery, what we do to fix this situation, and whether this is really a Laurel or Water Oak. In the meantime, feel free to comment with your own theories or enlighten me as to what kind of tree this prostrate beauty is (or was).


About Southern Adventuress

Transplant from California now living in Charleston, South Carolina after getting married in September 2010 to a Southerner. Join me as I reinvent my house on a strict budget, navigate the streets of my city; meet the challenges of pet ownership; and delve into education after institutional learning.

2 responses »

  1. Helped with a disaster relief in Louisiana once after a hurricane. They have what is called Live Oaks, not the same as your beauty but probably in the same family. I remember they were very large trees, but their root systems are shallow running out instead of down which makes them easily overturned in heavy winds.

    • Yeah, we have a Live Oak in the back yard too. It is, apparently, one of the few trees in our yard that does not have a problem.

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