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Trees Measured and Registered in Glynn County
Despite its name, Spanish moss is not a moss but a bromeliad—a perennial herb in the pineapple family.
Most bromeliads, including Spanish moss, are epiphytes. Epiphytes grow on other plants, but do not rely on them for nutrients. They take nutrients from the air and debris that collects on the plant. Spanish moss has permeable scales that “catch” moisture and nutrients.
Spanish moss prefers moist environments, but its ability to trap water lets it survive dry periods. The plant can also go dormant until moisture conditions improveSpanish moss does not have any roots. It attaches to substrates by wrapping its stems around a surface. Also, it does not need roots for water and nutrient uptake, since all parts of Spanish moss have that ability.Spanish moss is commonly found on oak and cypress trees, but can grow on other plants as well.
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Trees of Glynn County
Even the Spanish Moss hanging from these trees has a story. The French called it "Spanish Moss" while the Spanish returned the insult and called it "French Beard". The Native Americans named it simply "Tree Hair" The French won the battle of words and over time Spanish Moss became the accepted name.
The Golden Isles Fund for Trees is busy tagging the county's historic Live Oaks registered by their volunteers. You can now find the history of many of the trees on this page. Some are named to mark a historic location, others are named by proud homeowners eager to share their trees.
Our Live Oak trees are an important part of our history and ecology and are especially suited for our maritime forest because of their tolerance to the salt water from the ocean and the marsh. Realizing the importance of these trees and wishing to record their presence in Glynn County, the Reverend Dave Hanson began measuring and registering Live Oaks, 8 ft. and larger in girth, with the Live Oak Society of the Louisiana Garden Club Federation in 2005. When the Golden Isles Fund for Trees (GIFT) was founded in November of 2015 we continued his work.
Instructions for proper measuring and the registration forms can be obtained from liveoaksociety.org. If you choose the register your tree on your own, please send a copy of your registration to GIFT at PO Box 24038, St. Simons Island, GA 31522 so that it can be added to this list.
Many of the trees on this list are located on private property. Please do not trespass.