Highrise Live Oaks were planted originally by Westchase District in 2005. At that time, they were a newly-propagated tree. As its name suggests, they were supposed to grow tall, rather than have a wide canopy like a traditional Live Oak tree. That would have made them perfect for a streetscape environment. But these trees chose to grow “out,” rather than “up.”
Westchase District has moved 17 of the trees to Woodchase Park, which is under construction. The remainder have been moved to a nearby tree farm, where they’ll be cared for until they’re moved to Wilcrest Park sometime in 2022. A number of crepe myrtles, originally on the Woodchase Park site, were temporarily relocated to this tree farm and have begun making their return to the park in early March during this phase of construction.
Mexican Sycamores will be planted in place of all the Highrise Live Oaks that have been moved. The Bald Cypress trees will remain which have thrived in this environment.
View video of the first very first tree to be removed and relocated by Environmental Design, Inc. (EDI) to its permanent home at Woodchase Park. In the meantime, you can see all the replanted trees in the latest drone footage from the Woodchase Park construction site. Check it out at www.woodchasepark.com.