#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 of the Hoke family, and the Hokes lived underneath this tree until 2015. They even used to run a small fruit stand underneath the tree. Development around Delburg Street has threatened the tree in recent years. The neighbors on Delburg Street petitioned for the tree’s protection with two neighbors, Cheril Prince and Dave Whitman, actually writing and performing an original song at a Davidson town hall meeting. This song was called “The Delburg Tree Song”. Their efforts were successful. 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.