Etienne de Bore' Oak

Category: Sense of Place


Photo and caption by William Guion

In the neighborhoods surrounding Audubon Park, this oak is often called “the Tree of Life,” though its registered name with the Live Oak Society is the Etienne de Bore’ oak. It’s an enormous oak with a girth of almost 35’, and a crown of more than 160‘. It’s located in an old growth oak grove on the down-river side of Audubon Zoo. The tree’s namesake, Jean Etienne de Bore’, is most significant in Louisiana history as the first French planter to successfully granulate sugarcane into sugar, paving the way for sugarcane to become the main crop over indigo and tobacco in antebellum Louisiana.

Location: Audubon Park, New Orleans


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