Old Tree Transplanted At University of Michigan Showing Life

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP/WLNS) – Those are sounds of relief you might be hearing around the University of Michigan today. A transplanted centuries-old tree on the University of Michigan campus is showing signs of life in its new home.

According to our media partners at MLive, the 250-year-old, 65-foot-tall bur oak is beginning to bear leaves. Workers moved the tree 500 feet down a pedestrian walkway Oct. 25-26.

Chances for survival are high but workers have taken many precautions. They include close monitoring, irrigation around the tree and fertilizer application atop the root ball. University officials say they expect the tree to fully leaf this year but it might take a few more growing seasons to fully recover.

The tree is front of the Stephen M. Ross School of Business. It was moved to make way for a $135 million expansion of the school. Donors paid for both the building expansion and the tree move.

More from MLive: 250-year-old bur oak tree at U-M begins leafing 6 months after $400k move

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