A Charlotte Family Tree that Grew Too Big

A Charlotte Family Tree that Grew Too Big

More than 50 years ago, Daphne Webster’s father planted a small oak outside their Matthews home. He hoped it someday might look like the tall and full oaks 20 minutes north in Charlotte’s Myers Park neighborhood.

“He had seen those willow oaks on Queens Road and loved them,” Daphne remembers, “I’m sure he had no idea how big it would grow.”

But grow it did, towering over the Webster house with a huge 42-inch diameter trunk. Problem was, Richard Webster had planted the tree only 13 feet from the home, so the more magnificent it became, the more the family worried about one of the big branches crashing down on the roof.

Finally, with the oak showing damage from age and weather, Daphne decided it had to go. She called highly rated Cadieu Tree & Crane of Charlotte.

Cadieu sent a crew and three trucks, including a bucket truck and crane. Webster marveled at the crew’s coordination and teamwork taking down the big branches.

“The delicate coordination between the crane operator and the man cutting from the bucket truck was impressive,” she wrote in her review. “The man cutting in the bucket was risking his life with each final cut.”

Webster had hoped to replant after the tree was gone, so stump grinding was an important and substantial task. When she found some unremoved roots after Cadieu’s initial grind, the company sent out another grinder to get things right. “He did an amazing job of clean-up,” Webster says.

Now, her father’s tree – the one she loved and hated - is gone.

“I hated to lose it,” she says. “But it really began making me nervous.”


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