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RIP, Park Street Trees: Three New Ones Dying

Three silver linden trees installed as part of the Park Street Streetscape project this past spring are dead or dying and will be replaced July 16.

Three silver linden trees installed on Park Street in April as part of the city's Streetscape project are dead or dying and will be replaced today, July 16, according to a Public Works Department spokesperson.

The trees being replaced are in front of 1222 Park St., 1309-1311 Park St. and 1325 Park St., the PWD's Barbara Hawkins said.

The city is keeping an eye on a fourth linden, originally scheduled for replacement but now "bouncing back," she said.

Hawkins said the contractors, Suarez and Munoz, will replace the trees with new 25-gallon silver lindens at no cost to the city. The trees came with a year's warranty, and the city has a four-month maintenance agreement with the contractors that is still in effect, she said.

It's not clear why the affected trees failed to thrive, but they are Oregon-grown lindens that arrived with their roots wrapped in burlap rather than boxed, Hawkins said. They may have been weak trees that never recovered from the shock of being transplanted, she said.

Hawkins said that among the new trees installed on Park Street, only the silver lindens have shown signs of trouble. Two other species included in the project, Brisbane box and red maple, seem to be doing well, she said.

Bil Rivera July 16, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Why am I not surprised? Right after the Park Street slaughter I noticed that a stump by Peets was sending out little shoots. I knew the stumps were going to be destroyed the next day so I made two cuttings and brought them home. I am glad to say that they are still alive and thriving. At least one tree from that mess still lives!
kim July 16, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Really, Bil? Just had to have the last word! I was disappointed to see the original trees removed as well...but it's time to let it go...
Jaan Carter July 17, 2012 at 01:43 AM
What is wrong with taking little cuttings from the trees and growing more trees???? You go, Bil, I think that's sweet. And I just wonder, since the City Council were advised to spend less and go with a little bit smaller tree because the tree-educated folks said it would be better... if they died because they were too big for the situation? Hmmmm.
Liz Taylor July 17, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Great job Bil - I hope those cuttings thrive! It truly is not surprising to see some issues with the new trees given the timing of the planting and spotty post transplant care they have received. It takes people who care, not just people with a contractual obligation, to make something grow.
bette page July 17, 2012 at 02:56 PM
"Oregon-grown lindens" What? We couldn't use California trees? natives might have survived.
joel July 17, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Oregon tree did not survive the hogwash of Alameda politic, on the plus side this should extend the warranty for another year , no tree expert her just coming from a family with orchards in the multiples hundred "200 acres", never planted any tree in the summer , none ever died .........

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