Developer Relocating 45-Foot-Tall Live Oak Tree from Johns Island to Uptown Charlotte


Today Crescent Communities, a local real estate developer, will be re-locating a massive 45′-tall live oak tree from Johns Island, South Carolina, to the heart of Uptown Charlotte. The new location for the stately oak will anchor Ally Charlotte Center’s corner plaza at Tryon and Stonewall streets.

The live oak is 16 years old and weighs approximately 45,000-pounds. Measuring 45 feet tall, its canopy spans 26 feet, and has a trunk diameter of 18 inches. It’s expected to double in size over its lifetime and has the potential to live for several hundred years at Tryon and Stonewall.

Hundred of years from now, the tree could resemble the awe-inspiring “Angel Oak” – a several-hundred-year-old live oak in Charleston.


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Relocating the towering tree required a series of carefully planned steps to ensure a safe and successful transfer, including a 300-ton crane being installed in Uptown Charlotte to secure the oak in its final location at the corner of Tryon and Stonewall streets.

“Live oak trees are planted in historical cities for their character and appearance, and Crescent Communities wants to give back to Charlotte by bringing in a tree of this caliber,” says Amy Bezanson, Crescent Communities’ Director of Design. “Additionally, the live oak is the broadest spreading of all oaks – meaning it produces an abundance of shade – and this welcome respite in an urban environment is one we are excited to add to our city.”

Fittingly, the City of Charlotte has a long history of growing large, maturing trees, including in the urban Uptown area. Specifically, the Tryon Street Mall project in Charlotte began in 1985 and was one of the nation’s most successful projects to grow and maintain large trees in a city center.

“We can’t wait to see the finished scene and know that it will become a special pillar in Uptown Charlotte,” says Brasfield & Gorrie’s Will Yandle, who is overseeing the community’s construction and the planting of the tree and is eager to continue this Charlotte tradition.

In addition to the majestic live oak on the corner, the plaza will also offer an allée –a tree-bordered alley – of 14 Gingko trees, which will bring a dose of fall color to the plaza.

What do you think of Charlotte’s newest transplant?