Above: Mayor’s Tree of the Year. Below: Runners Up
A shagbark hickory tree in the Meadowmont neighborhood has been named Chapel Hill’s first-ever Mayor’s Tree of the Year.
The magnificent tree was one of 14 trees nominated for this inaugural honor.
“The Tree of the Year contest highlights Chapel Hill connections to the trees in Chapel Hill,” said Mayor Pam Hemminger. “Our judging panel appreciated the fact that shagbark hickories are important to our Piedmont region and really liked the fact that, to date, nine of the tree’s `babies’ have been transplanted to other locations within Meadowmont.”
Two other trees were awarded the title of “Runner Up.” One is a willow oak on Willow Drive that serves as a community meeting spot. The other is a 15-year-old Japanese maple tree that was rescued, as a sapling, from a crack in the pavement on the top of the Wallace parking deck in downtown.
All Tree of the Year participants are invited to attend an awards presentation at the start of a Town Council meeting in January.