Governors Park Tree Planting This Week

Pond Grove-Govenors Park

Pond Grove-Govenors Park

The wooded areas in our community provide shade, refuge for wildlife and add old-fashioned character and charm.

Many Governors Park residents have been saddened to watch as some of the neighborhood’s majestic, venerable trees succumbed to disease and age over the years. Now a significant planting effort to restore the groves will get underway this week.

Adam Zanation, chair of the Grounds Committee for Governors Park, has worked with Davenport Landscaping to develop a renovation plan.

The Governors Park Tree Project was recently approved by the Board of Directors. Under this project landscapers will install 13 trees in the Park’s common area encompassed by Village Park Drive. (A planting guide is attached.)

5 Crepe Myrtles (7-8’) -next to tennis court
1 Willow Oak (2.5” caliper) -next to pool parking
1 Willow Oak (2.5” caliper) -park area (southeast part of Pond Grove)
3 Nuttall Oaks (2.5” caliper) -South Grove (below Meadow Park at Walser)
2 White Oaks (2.5” caliper) -South Grove (below Meadow Park at Walser)
1 White Oak (2.5” caliper) -park near drainage (southwest Meadow Park)

According to a consumer fact sheet from NC State University, both White oak (Quercus alba) and Willow oak (Quercus phellos) are native to North Carolina.

The Nuttall oak (Quercus texans, previously Quercus nutallii), which may be less known than the others, is a native tree of the American Southeast and Midwest. Southern Living garden writer Steve Bender praises the Nuttal oak as a great pyramidal-shaped shade tree. It features bright red leaf fall foliage and can adapt to a variety of growing conditions. Indeed the Nutall oak is listed in another NC State University publication, “Qualifiers for Quagmires: Landscape Plants for Wet Sites,” as exceptionally tolerant of poorly drained landscaping sites.

Contact: Adam Zanation, Chair Governors Park Grounds Committee—zsteela at

Governors Park Tree Project, November 2013. Map and planting guide. (PDF)

Qualifiers for Quagmires: Landscape Plants for Wet Sites, NCSU, []
Native Trees, NCSU, []
Nuttall Oak – The Daily South – Southern Living, November 2011.