Town chooses the willow oak

Published 10:14 am Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Mocksville Town Square will get four new oak trees this fall – willow oak trees.

Town board members unanimously voted to re-plant willow oaks, the same type of trees that graced the four quadrants of the square for the past 80-something years, before they became diseased and were cut down on the advice of arborists.

The town had asked residents to vote on what type of tree to plant – all oaks – willow, Shumard or Nuttall.

Town Manager Marcus Abernethy said 44 percent of respondents chose the Shumard, 38 percent the willow and 15 percent the Nuttall.

Board member Lash Sanford reminded board members to think about how the tree would look without leaves – as it will be for much of the year. The willow not only grows taller, but it holds onto its leaves longer, and has a nicer canopy than the other choices.

The new trees will be planted this fall.