Edisto Island‘s Mystery Tree stands about 100 feet off SC 174, just across from the entrance to Botany Bay. While no one is quite sure who adorns it, the decorations change with the seasons and the tree has become a beloved local landmark. Is one person responsible or can anyone decorate the tree, much like the old boat on Folly Beach? Please comment below if you have more info!
By the way, if you continue further down the road towards the beach, you will come across another mysterious tree. On your right stands a large old oak with a unique swing hanging from its boughs. The swing is made from a stack of old mattresses. As one mattress disintegrates, a new one is added on top of it.
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Reflections on the Edisto Island Mystery Tree
Contributor Charleen Mason describes his photo below: “The Mystery Tree is decked out for football season. Footballs and pom poms galore! The tin plate-like thing in the middle says ‘Ohio State,’ and there is also a golf tee and ball at the top.”
Rusty Williams describes his summertime shot, shown below, as follows, “This picture shows the summer theme which includes an American flag, buckets for playing in the sand, and a beach chair.”
Contributor Brandon Coffey sums up Sue Johns’s photo of the Edisto Mystery Tree like this: “Located across the entrance to Botany Bay Road off of Highway 174, this curious tree stands from the marsh dripping in decorations depending on the season. Seen here with hearts, I can imagine it was near Valentine’s Day, but come any other time of year and the display will always be different and equally interesting. This quirky local landmark has become beloved over the years but remains a mystery as most are not sure who adorns the trees with festivity! I love the mystery.”