Duke Mansion Tulip Poplar

SPECIES: Liriodendron tulipifera DIAMETER: 82 ORIGINAL TREASURE TREE: Yes

Tree Location

Address:

400 Hermitage Road
Charlotte, NC 28207

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Coordinates:

35.202298
-80.828377

 

History

The house, which would become The Duke Mansion, was originally built in 1915 by Zeb Taylor in the Colonial Revival Architecture style.  In 1919 James "Buck" Duke purchased the home.  Buck, who was born in Durham but had been living in New Jersey, wanted to move back to North Carolina and introduce his only child Doris to Southern living.  With the help of architect C.C. Hook, Buck tripled the size of the house, and ran his business from the home until his death in 1925.

During Buck's time at the Mansion he undertook many improvements to the grounds.  Perhaps one of his greatest achievements was to leave a large tulip poplar standing along the entrance to the property.  This tree has survived hurricanes, and the ravishes of wood decay.  In a naive attempt to maintain the tree, concrete was poured into the trunk in an attempt to reduce its risk of failure.  

The tulip poplar is one of Mecklenburg County’s original Treasure Trees.  This tree is certainly worth visiting, and is surely on of the most interesting Jewels of Charlotte's Crown.

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