The Suicide Oak is another famous Live Oak (Quericus virginana) living in City Park, New Orleans. (I recently featured one of its companion oaks, The Dueling Oak, another prominent tree in City Park). I have not found age and height information, but it looks to be of approximate age with the Dueling Oak, which is 300 years old.
As its name suggests, the Suicide Oak was a popular spot for taking one’s life in the old, Creole days of New Orleans. Spurned lovers and bankrupted fortunes ended their lives beneath the tree, usually by pistol or poison. Creole honor, as we saw at the Dueling Oak, regularly demanded blood. I have not found any information about specific suicides at the tree, and would welcome the information should anyone have any.
Today, the Suicide Oak is easily visited in City Park, New Orleans, which houses one of the finest Live Oak forests in the world. The entire Park was flooded with brackish water in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, killing off quite a few trees and damaging most of the others. The Suicide Oak lost two of its lower limbs, but survived. If you wish to help the park conserve its trees, you can volunteer or become a member of its Friends association at this website.