#001 Willow Oak
This Willow Oak is known as the “Delburg Tree”. It was planted in 1939 to mark a property boundary between two lots on Delburg Street. It was planted by two brothers from the Hoke family who lived next to this tree until 2015. Development around Delburg Street has threatened the tree in recent years. The neighbors on Delburg Street petitioned for the tree’s protection from new development. Two neighbors, Cheril Prince and Dave Whitman wrote and performed an original song at a Davidson town hall meeting. This song was called “The Delburg Tree Song”. Their efforts were successful. The new homes were pushed away from the tree canopy and the Delburg Street sidewalk was routed around the tree safely. It was the first tree included in our program, having been inducted in 2020.