Tree Splits Near Student Center
A large tree split near the Student Center on Sept. 18, 2018.
There’s a little less shade in the middle of campus where one of Georgia Tech’s oldest trees stood for more than a century.
A large willow oak located outside the Student Center Commons split suddenly Tuesday morning, splintering off and covering the rest of the area with its branches. The tree had a 69-inch caliper as of 2016 and was in fair condition, according to Georgia Tech’s tree inventory. It stood 81 feet high, with a crown width of 87 feet at its widest point.
With the pieces being a hazard in the immediate area and the tree’s integrity now compromised, Landscape Services notified a tree removal company, whose workers began the process of removing the fallen branches yesterday. Work will continue throughout the week to remove the remainder of the tree.
Willow Oak in pieces. Image via reddit