Several old oak trees around the University of Central Florida campus have been replaced with new ones.

UCF’s Department of Landscape & Natural Resources regularly evaluates the campus for hazardous trees and found several large laurel oaks that were visibly aged. Fast-growing laurel oaks typically live about 50-70 years. As they age, the trees develop internal decay, which can cause the loss of branches, posing a threat to pedestrians, buildings and adjacent trees.

As part of its commitment to providing a safe and beautiful campus, the department is replaced the laurel oaks with live oaks. Live oaks are more resistant to decay, have better wind resistance and can thrive for hundreds of years.

Trees affected were located near Millican Hall, the Education building and the Performing Arts Center.

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