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News - January 20, 2023

Fallen Mitchell Park tree, a victim of recent storms, was 'a valued relative'

Generations of families climbed the old stone pine

by Sue Dremann

Numerous Palo Alto residents are mourning the loss of a venerable stone pine that served as the shade, photographic backdrop, and perch for untold numbers of children, adults and birds.

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Posted by ALB
a resident of College Terrace
on Jan 18, 2023 at 1:16 pm

ALB is a registered user.

The tree had weakened roots because of irrigation. Never water oak trees in the summer. Yes this pine was beloved by many in Palo Alto. The city when it comes up for air needs to evaluate watering plans as this fallen tree could have injured people. Could the city engage Canopy’s certified arborists to ascertain trees that are at risk?

Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jan 18, 2023 at 6:00 pm

Online Name is a registered user.

That field has been a soggy, poorly drained mess for years. And for more poor drainage, check out the Mitchell dog park.

Posted by eileen
a resident of College Terrace
on Jan 19, 2023 at 11:03 am

eileen is a registered user.

I agree with ALB. The city needs to get certified Arborists to look at many of our large city trees to see if they are healthy and not getting too little or too much water! All residents should do the same, especially if they have heritage trees. on their property. Canopy could help with this.

Posted by Consider Your Options.
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 19, 2023 at 11:55 am

Consider Your Options. is a registered user.

The tree was probably at least 65 years old. Mitchell Park was created in 1957. The life span of a stone pine is 80-100 years if it is well-cared for. Recent drought and higher temperatures have weakened a lot of our trees.

Friends, take a moment to learn about any tree (including city trees) on your property. Understand its lifespan, pruning and watering needs and disease risks so that you will know how to care for it and how to treat it so that you do not undermine its health and know when to engage the city for extra care (if it is theirs).

Fail to do this at your own risk. Though trees are gloriously beautiful and provide homes for wildlife, a poorly maintained tree can be a safety liability. Let's each do our part to help preserve the beautiful tree canopy that defines our lovely community.

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