Darien, Georgia: Trees
The oldest tree in Darien, Georgia, pictured above, is a magnificent Live Oak (Quercus virginiana), measuring 85 inches in diameter. It is draped with Spanish moss (Tillandsia usneoides) and estimated to be centuries old. Two other Live Oaks of interest are the Tabby Oak down by the waterfront and the Oglethorpe Oak near the McIntosh County Courthouse.
The Live Oak, Georgia's state tree, is also referred to as "evergreen oak." The name comes from the fact that evergreen oaks remain green and "live" throughout winter, when other oaks are dormant and leaf-less. The name is used mainly in North America, where evergreen oaks are widespread in warmer areas, along the Atlantic coast from Maryland to Florida, west along the Gulf Coast to Texas and across the southwest to California and southwest Oregon.
Darien is also home to some other spectacular trees, three of which are on display at 307 Ft. King George Drive. They are the American Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis) which has striking white, green and tan bark, the Laurel Oak (Quereus larifolia), and the Southern Red Cedar (Juniperus silicicola). There is also a specimen of the Southern Magnolia located at this address.
Darien’s Tree and Landscaping Ordinance preserves green space, enhances the environment, encourages conservation, and protects canopy and specimen trees. Darien is applying to the National Arbor Day Foundation for A Tree City designation.
Visitors to Darien from other parts of the country are amazed at how richly green it is year round, with a canopy of live oak and pine towering over southern magnolias, cabbage palms, red bay, yaupon and American holly; other species include sparkleberry, wax myrtle, saw palmetto, vines (muscadine, cat brier, Virginia creeper), Spanish moss, and, many kinds of ferns and woods flowers.
One tree that can be seen in Darien which is not native to the area is the Sago Palm. This lovely tree can be seen in Vernon Square.