#056 Willow Oak
(Quercus phellos)

This Willow Oak sits to the right of the driveway for 419 Walnut Street. It is located on the far southeast corner of the lot. It is located next to a storage shed and has a boardwalk over its main roots as an alternative to a concrete sidewalk. This tree’s sister tree is #056, another Willow Oak.

The house at 419 Spring Street was constructed in 1943 and then extensively expanded and renovated in 2011. Although, the trees are likely older than that. They were planted by the Morrow Family (whose tombstones are in the cemetery by McEver Fields) to provide shade for their horses.
The Copeland family greatly appreciates their trees and has lived in their home since 2006. They have named their trees after two family members dear to them. This tree, the smaller one, is named Minnie, after Shawn Copeland’s great-great aunt, who once lived in a coal town in West Virginia.

Statistics (2021)

  • Circumference (In.): 198″
  • Height (Ft.): 86′
  • Avg. Crown Spread (Ft.): 110
  • Diameter Breast Height (In.): 63″
  • Total Points: 312

More Information

  • Year Recognized: 2021
  • Current condition: Good
  • Property Type: Private
  • Ecological Value: Willow Oaks, often mistaken for Pin Oaks, are some of the most common trees around the Charlotte area. They offer tremendous ecological value through their acorns which are eaten by birds, deer, squirrels, and other small mammals. A willow oak of this size can sequester over 265 lbs of Carbon Dioxide annually, helping with climate change and reducing our impact from burning fossil fuels.