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Experts asked to examine the largest tree in South Carolina say two limbs need to be trimmed from the ancient oak for it to survive. The team from Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories was called after two limbs snapped from the oak at Middleton Place in Charleston. The consultants also recommended removing all Spanish moss from the tree, propping up other low branches and restricting access under the tree. The team says the first branch fell April 9 because of excessive decay and the second branch fell hours later because of added stress.

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