Tag Archives: South Georgia Trees & Shrubs

Middleton Lake, Long County


Middleton Lake is one of numerous oxbows of the Altamaha River. Here in Long County, the fabled river is nearing its rendezvous with the Atlantic Ocean and is at its wildest.


This is a relatively unspoiled area, known mostly to local fishermen and a few naturalists.


Though it has been logged in the past, it’s now largely protected. Tupelo (Nyassa aquatica) of a size large enough for a couple of men to stand inside are not unheard of.


An interesting feature of Middleton Lake is this walkway, which I first thought might have been a log tramway. Ronnie Goode explained: This walkway was built by mybrother Jackie Goode & Frank McClelland Jr. around 1966. They built it for Brown Jones who was sheriff at that time. My granddaddy, Mr. Preston Gordon lived in a small cabin at the lake during the summer months and watched over the fishing in the lake. He lived there probably from 1952 till about 1958.

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Former National Champion Turkey Oak, Screven

 screven ga former national champion turkey oak photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2011

Across the street from  Screven United Methodist Church is this great Turkey Oak (Quercus laevis), once the National Champion of its species. The American Forestry Association’s National Registry of Big Trees named it to the listing in 1991, stating its dimensions as: 106″ circumference, 80′ high, with a crown dimension of 55′. Sandee Strickland notes that a tornado in 2005 did damage to some of the crown; another Turkey Oak, in Florida, is the current champion. Turkey Oaks (Quercus laevis) are a staple of sandill and scrublands in the Deep South and most field guides suggest that they are rarely taller than 30′-50′, so this tree may still be the tallest extant of the species.


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Titi, Wayne County

wayne county ga titi blooms photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2011

Titi (Cyrilla racemiflora) is one of the emblematic plants of South Georgia, and blooms throughout the summer. It is though to have medicinal uses. There’s even a town, (Ty Ty, Tift County) named for the plant. In case you’re not from the South and were wondering, it’s pronounced tie-tie.

titi cyrilla racemiflora in bloom wayne county ga photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2011


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Cedar, Irwinville Cemetery

Irwinville GA Cemetery Old Cedar Tree Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2008

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