Heritage trees in Menlo Park

Menlo Park may be a Tree City USA community but its canopy is aging, with many trees nearing what’s considered a normal life span. Age is one factor that contributes to a tree being more susceptible to disease – the type of tree is another. Both ultimately got the best of a large sculpted Monterey pine, an iconic centerpiece of the Menlo Park Civic Center, which is slated for removal. According to city engineering technician Whit Loy, the heritage tree is infested by the bark beetle and infected by pitch canker disease, for which there is no treatment or cure.

Photo by Chris Gulker

{ Be the first to comment }

Down comes another liquid ambar tree

Liquid ambar trees provide Menlo Park with its terrific fall color. They also happen to be very messy.  The trees’ spiky round fruit, “popularly nicknamed a space bug, monkey ball, bommyknocker, bir ball, gumball, conkleberry, cukoo-bir or sticky ball” (says Wikipedia) can gum up sidewalks and cling to pets. It seems to fall from the […]

Click to read more →