The Poplar Red Oak

SPECIES: Quercus falcata DIAMETER: 34 SPREAD: 70' ORIGINAL TREASURE TREE: No

Tree Location

Address:

301 West 10th St
Charlotte, NC 28202

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Coordinates:

35.233237
-80.83922

 

History

Several years ago the brick retaining wall on the corner of Settlers Lane and North Poplar in Charlotte's 4th Ward began failing.  The retaining wall was part of The Poplar, considered to be one of the most historic buildings in Uptown Charlotte.  Now a 39 unit condominium community, the building was errected in the 1930's during the econmic depression.

Within the confines of the retaining wall was a mature Northern red oak.  The management of The Poplar felt strongly about saving this tree.  Just a few months before hand, several mature trees needed to be removed as their weight were becoming too much for a subterranean parking garage built below them.  Employing engineers and local team of arborists from Heartwood Tree Service, a plan was devised to save both the retaining wall and the tree.

First, using a minimally invasive procedure for removing soil, the team of arborists created several deep holes on the building side of the tree.  Steele plates were placed in the holes.  Next, large rods were driven under the tree's root system, then fastened to the plates.  Finally, a large steele band was placed on the outside of the retaining wall, where it was tightened against the rods to hold back soil and the tree itself.

Thoughtfulness and  ingenuity saved this red oak.  Had others been charged with managing the property, this tree would  likely have been removed.  Today the tree stands shading the corner of Settlers Lane and North Poplar Street., along with providing beauty to one of Charlotte's historic buildings.  Thank you to those who helped save this Jewel of The Queen's Crown.

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