University Facilities

Campus Tree Removals

The Landscape Services Arboricultural Staff assesses the health and structural integrity of the campus trees on a continuing basis. Additionally, Dr. Don Ham, Emeritus Professor of Forestry and Natural Resources, is consulted in situations where analysis or treatment options are particularly critical. Tree removal recommendations are only made following an in-depth evaluation process and assessment of alternatives to removal. All trees slated for removal are identified to the campus community along with a description of the reasons for removal. Trees currently scheduled for removal are listed below. Trees requiring removal because of new building construction or utilities work may also be listed below along with an explanation of the reasons for removal. Trees that must be removed due to construction are evaluated for transplant elsewhere on campus and/or recycled as mulch for use on campus. It is university practice to plant two trees for every tree removed.

Current Removals

Below you can find the latest tree removal updates.  Click on the hyperlink for the tree locations.

Tree 10049 - 30” Darlington oak between the east side of the reflection pond and the sidewalk to the north of the library. In the past various leaders that formed the central core of the tree have died or have been broken in storms. The remaining portions have significant wood decay. The fungi in those stems have been and will continue to infect the trunk and adjacent stems, making them prone to failure.

Tree 25004 - 20” tulip poplar located on Heisman Street is dead.

Tree 25003 - 13’ Water oak located near the tennis courts is dead.

Tree 4802 is a 30-inch eastern white pine on Daniel Drive near the Alumni Center. This is a very tall tree with little trunk taper and the majority of the crown is at the very top of the trunk. The trunk and crown configuration makes the tree vulnerable to trunk failure in wind and thunderstorm events.

Pecan Grove

The 8 over mature pecan trees in the pecan grove are being replaced as part of a restoration effort. View Clemson's media release to read about the renovation effort headed by pecan expert Mark Arena.

Core Campus Project

Fifty-six trees ranging from various small 2” hollies and wax myrtles, to specifically one 28” water oak, one 24" scarlet oak, and one 23" willow oak, must be removed in late July to accommodate the construction of the new Core Campus Development Project. The excavation for the foundation of the four buildings and associated utilities will necessitate the tree removals. A new planting plan will be executed after the buildings are completed in fall of 2016.

Freeman Hall Expansion Project

The following trees are to be removed to accommodate the Freeman Hall Expansion Project.

The new building footprint will be located where the existing trees are presently situated.

Watt Family Innovation Center Construction

In addition to the twenty-four trees listed under Older Removals below, the following three trees must also be removed to accommodate the construction of the new Watt Family Innovation Center.

  • Tree 1784 is a 28” Water Oak located at the northwest corner of Cooper Library.
  • Tree 1786 is a 10” Southern Magnolia in the island at the north end of the parking lot between Cooper Library and Rhodes Hall.
  • Tree 1824 is a 17” Ring Cupped Oak in the traffic circle at the intersection of South Palmetto Blvd. and Sigma Drive.

Older Removals

Twenty-four trees, including (5) Yoshino Cherries, (9) Willow Oaks and (10) Southern Magnolias, will be removed beginning in February 2014 and into the summer to accommodate the construction of the new Watt Family Innovation Center and associated underground utilities.