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.