The 12 Finest Trees in Texas: A Photo Tour of the State's Pretty, Historic, Beloved Live Oaks & More

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6. Baptist Oak, Goliad There's nothing like a tree branch arching over a road to create a tunnel, but if you spend too much time admiring Baptist Oak as you're driving, you may find yourself wrapped around the other tree -- the one in the middle of the freaking road.

5. Urrea Oaks, Refugio Named after a Mexican general, this dramatically shaped group of trees commemorates an ugly incident in the often-ugly conflict between Texans and Mexicans. In 1836 Urrea was leading troops to Refugio, which was mostly abandoned but still housed some holdouts who hadn't escaped to the Texan army in Goliad. Thirty Texans snuck out and got within three miles of Goliad before being captured.

They were lined up under Urrea's orders and executed. A week later, about 100 more Texans met the same fate after they surrendered to the general.

4. Treaty Oak, Austin It's not every tree that gets itself named "the most perfect specimen of a North American tree" by the American Forestry Association (now called American Forests) and gets inducted into the group's Hall of Fame.

But, just as in a Behind The Tree Music episode, such fame and fortune could not go on forever, and Treaty Oak's high-flying years came to a crashing halt in 1989 when it was poisoned. Some guy thought poisoning the tree would help his love life.

A nationwide wave of support brought the best tree doctors and experts to Austin to help Treaty Oak, and even though its death warrant was written countless times, it survives to this day.

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