Eucalyptus comes down


College Terrace Library was closed Thursday for the removal of a sick eucalyptus. The library will remain closed today (Friday) as city workers continue to remove the tree.

It's possible the removal may continue Saturday, Aug. 23, Supervising Librarian Rose Sebastian said.

No library items will be due and there will be no access to book drops.

To learn about the tree, copies of the report are available at College Terrace, Main, Mitchell Park and Downtown libraries.

• College Terrace Library closing for tree removal


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Posted by tree lover
a resident of College Terrace
on Aug 22, 2008 at 11:51 am

Thank you to the Weekly for reporting this story responsibly. Of course, someone started a flyer campaign to save the "magnificent tree" -- without bothering to read the arborists' report or contact anyone in the city or in the neighborhood who knew about trees.

It's unfortunate that this eucalyptus tree could not be saved, but the critical mistake of topping this tree was made decades ago, when the dangers of topping a tree that had outgrown its space was not known. In this case, the trunk rot was serious, and the risk to anyone in the library or in the mini-park around the library was very real.

For those for whom it's not convenient to review the arborists' reports at one of the Palo Alto libraries, here are a couple general references:
Why topping hurts trees:
Web Link

Topping your eucalyptus trees could be dangerous
Web Link
Quote: ". . .topping your eucalyptus will create a hazardous condition. Dormant buds below the topping cuts will sprout and quickly grow back to the original height of the tree. These sprouts are weakly attached to the outermost rings of original branch wood.. . these sprouts are easily torn from the branch ends by wind or weight, particularly if the topping cut becomes decayed."

Moral of the story: do a little homework before using a lot of paper in a misguided attempt to "save" a tree that happens to be tall. If the tree is on public property, you can bet your last dollar that a careful assessment has been made before a recommendation to remove such a tree, even when it's a non-native eucalyptus.

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Posted by Big Al
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 22, 2008 at 1:15 pm

That guy on the bicycle needs to cut back on all the voyeurism!

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Posted by Cool
a resident of Greater Miranda
on Aug 22, 2008 at 8:49 pm

Be interesting to see how they grind the roots out without damaging the building.

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Posted by Yevgeniy (Eugene) Lysyy
a resident of Ventura
on Aug 24, 2008 at 2:09 pm

Thanks for the explanation of the danger of topping trees.

Is it necessary to grind the roots out? The stump could be left as a reminder. It looks not pretty, though, because is rotten inside. But may it will give sprouts?...

The trunk looks like some very sophisticated sculpture. It would be great to use it for some craftwork...

"""That guy on the bicycle needs to cut back on all the voyeurism!""" I don't like local bicyclist for they mess with cars and run stop signs. But this guy on the photo is doing nothing wrong.

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