On October 8th, 2020, a spectacular live oak tree found its new home at the forthcoming Ally Charlotte Center's corner plaza at Tryon and Stonewall in Uptown Charlotte. The tree traveled from Johns Island, SC, where it was planted 16 years ago. It weighs approximately 45,000 pounds, stands 45' tall and has a 26' diameter canopy. The tree is expected to double in size over its lifetime, and has the potential to live for several hundred years. The live oak will remain virtually evergreen, only shedding its leaves for new growth a few weeks out of the year. Additionally, 14 ginkgo trees will be added to the plaza, which will turn a vibrant yellow in the fall.
The stately oak will not only strengthen the inviting plaza environment, it will also serve as a beacon of community, wellness, and sustainability. According to the USDA Forest Service, the addition of a tree of this size will reduce air pollution, conserve water and reduce soil erosion, encourage wildlife diversity, and reduce noise pollution, among several other positive effects.