Botanic Notables: The Tree That Owns Itself

February 03, 2012
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In a small neighborhood park in Athens, Georgia, is a large white oak (Quercus alba) with unprecedented legal status and a legendary epithet. Known as "The Tree That Owns Itself," the oak was famously granted legal ownership of itself, and the plot of land within 8 feet of its base. The tree has become fodder for legal discussion—can a tree really own itself?