Landscape Services

Tree Removals & Replantings

Clemson University is committed to providing a safe, attractive, educational and sustainable campus urban forest through preservation of existing trees and new tree plantings. A tree may be considered for removal for any of the following reasons: it is determined to be dead or diseased beyond preservation; its location, condition, or deterioration constitutes a safety hazard; its location affects the preservation and maintenance of adjacent buildings; the tree is damaged from the elements or disease to the extent that its appearance is unduly affected; its location is determined to be an obstruction or hazard to utility lines; its location interferes with the construction of facilities and associated site development; or for other appropriate reasons. The determination of trees meeting the above conditions is the responsibility of the Director of Landscape Services in consultation with the University Arborist and independent arbor consultants.

Trees recently approved for removal are listed below. All removals are in accordance with the Main Campus Urban Forest and Landscape Management Policy and Main Campus Urban Forest & Landscape Management Plan.

General Risk Management

  • Tree # 340307 is a 45-inch Red Oak located between Calhoun Courts and Thornhill Village. This tree has advanced decay and is showing significant signs of decline. This tree is also very unbalanced with all its weight over the apartment.
  • Tree # 020346 is a 40-inch Post Oak located along Parkway Drive just north of the low rises. This tree has advanced decay in several roots. It also has a low live crown ratio which contributes to the instability of the roots.
  • Tree # 020719 is a 56-inch Water Oak located at the very west end of Presidents Park south. This tree has extensive decay in both roots and the trunk.
  • Tree # 030293 is 50-inch Southern Red Oak located on the south east corner of Daniel and Sherman across from the Alumni Center. This tree has extensive decay in roots and is showing excessive signs of decline.
  • Tree # 020059 is 43-inch Pecan Located between Calhoun Courts and old Greenville Highway. This over mature Pecan has recently had a very large limb failure. Over mature Pecans such as this one will be removed and new pecans will be planted over the next few years.
  • Tree # 030407 is a 22-inch Post Oak located behind the Alumni Center. This tree is in very poor condition and is a liability. We will remove this tree a plant a new tree in its place.

Rock Creek Construction Laydown Area Project

Three trees will need to be removed along with significant underbrush for the Rock Creek Construction Laydown Area Project. Trees adjacent to the construction area will be protected as prescribed by the University Arborist.

West Campus Energy Plant

Tree removals will be required in advance of construction of the new West Energy Chiller Plant. There are approximately 18 edge trees to be removed varying in size and species from this naturally wooded area. Many of the trees being removed have structural issues. New trees will be replanted to make up for lost tree canopy and improve the site overall.


As part of our continuing Arboriculture Risk Management Program for the university, Landscape Services recently inventoried all of athletics trees. Part of the inventory process is to visually inspect the trees for obvious defects. Only a very small percentage of the trees inventoried possesses an unreasonable risk and will have to be removed over the next few months.

Parking Lot at US HWY 76

Multiple trees need to be removed for construction of the new parking lot at US Hwy 76. This visual describes the trees to be removed, and future plantings can be seen in our planting plan.

Douthit Hills Student Community Construction Project

In advance of construction of the $212 million on-campus residential village for upper class and freshmen in the Bridge to Clemson program tree removal will commence the week of May 11, 2015. The trees being removed make way for seven residential buildings along with a central hub building containing a dining facility, a bookstore, and other student amenities.

In the fall of 2012, an engineering survey was completed that located each of the approximately 700 trees greater than 4” in diameter on the project site. Dr. Don Ham, Clemson Emeritus Professor of Forestry and Natural Resources, and principal with the Laurus Group, an arboricultural and urban forestry consulting company, was brought in to assess species, size, condition and potential risk of each tree. He determined that some of the trees need to be removed due to age or structural problems that increase the risk of falling branches or trees. Others have damaged root systems from poor drainage or compacted soil after decades of giving shade to residents' cars and tailgate parties. Design modifications have saved some trees. However, many trees slated for removal are within the footprint of development.

Much of the tree protection is already in place. As an added precaution during construction, Clemson has required the project contractor to hire a certified arborist to be on site. The consultant selected is a Clemson graduate with knowledge of the property and its importance to the university and community.

By late fall/early winter following the completion of construction in August 2018 the plan is to have planted more trees than removed and increase species diversity.

Littlejohn Coliseum Project

32 small trees of various sizes such as Hollies, Crape Myrtles, Dogwoods, Elms and Maples and larger Willow Oaks must be removed to accommodate the construction and renovation of the Littlejohn Coliseum. The excavation for the foundation of the building and associated utilities will necessitate these tree removals.

17 smaller Chinese Evergreen Oaks and 9 very small Indian Hawthorns will be removed as an opportunity is presented to replace this poor condition plant material. The Chinese Evergreen Oaks have been disfigured and damaged by squirrel gnawing. They will be replaced with a new selection of trees that is better suited for the site. Replacing this poor condition plant material at this time will enhance the improvements being made to the coliseum.

A new planting plan will be presented later in the project.

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