Here stands a patriarch of the American Forest. Common throughout the South and also in the Caribbean Islands, this grand Live Oak (Quercus virginiana) is a true Southerner. It does not grow above the Fall Line (See Insert Map of its range in Red). It may have evolved here in Florida, being supremely adapted to the soils and climate of the Southeastern Coastal Plain. The Live Oak can withstand floods, hurricanes, droughts, fire, freezes and direct lighting strikes. One of its limbs struck by lightning may die, but never the whole tree. Almost every Live Oak in Florida has been struck by lightning bolts, some numerous times, only to laugh them off daring Thor to throw another one. The Live Oak is essentially indestructible and can live well over 500 years. They truly live up to their name. This tree is probably over a 100 years old and may date back to the time of Fort King (175 years ago). Aerial photos of the Fort King Hill taken in 1940 show it to be a fully grown tree at that time. A couple of other giant live oaks live down by the creek on the south east side of the Site. They all appear to be of the same age. Florida's Native Forest of Pines, Oaks, Magnolias, Cypresses, Cedars, Tupelos, Hollies, Hickories, Sweetgums, Elms, Palms, and myriad understory shrubs, herbs, vines, and grasses evolved or migrated here over the last 10 million years. Since that time they have been going through their annual ritual of flowering, growing, reproducing, and resting, all as regulated by the Seasons. As long as the Seasons remain predictable, All Will be Right with the World.