Have fun with the McDojo. We're looking forward to the report.
The author of that article needs to take a biology course.
Henrico Citizen wrote:
Some citizens in the area have become attached to the tree,which is more 40 years old and has a trunk 48 inches in diameter, and are hoping the new development in the Downtown Short Pump shopping center won’t damage it.
I've had to cut down a few oak trees in my yard due to the damage of construction. The "average" oak I've cut down had about 100 rings on it. And those trees were a fraction of the size of this magnificent monster.
I say she's 300 years old, +/- a few decades. I have never in my life seen a specimen like it. Oh and you don't "plant" white oak trees (quercus alba
). They get a six foot tap root within a year of the acorn sprouting. They are strictly volunteers of nature. This one happened to have been born in a clearing where it was protected and allowed to develop to the perfectly-proportioned tree it is today. Most probably it was in the middle of a cow field where she got all the "fertilizer" she needed through her life - generation after generation.
My guess is they'll kill it. The roots don't like being trampled on. I lost 5 trees on my property after my house was built. Fortunately I have many, many trees of many varieties still left. And I protect them as they do my house.