This Tree Didn’t Wait For UI

William Oberg Photo William Oberg of Cottage Street was in the neighborhood late Wednesday afternoon as high winds tore a huge tree limb—“the size of a good sized-tree” itself—from an even huger maple. Police closed off the street as crews worked for hours to clear the area.

“This tree was a lovely old shade tree and will be sadly missed by everyone on Cottage Street!” Oberg wrote.

Oberg had his camera handy, and took these photos. The limb smashed three parked cars.

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posted by: robn on March 27, 2014  2:34pm

Cleft hollow trunk?!?

Should’ve been spotted by neighbors and taken down by the city.

posted by: Shaggybob on March 27, 2014  2:55pm

What goes up must come down. Too bad, that looked like a nice shade tree.

Tree appears to be on private property, not City responsibility, but well within the 200’ UI swath of destruction.

posted by: Ozyck on March 27, 2014  3:17pm

Private property tree.  Appears to be an Old Norway maple with poor structure and obvious cavity. Across street and into property from U.I.  No story here.  How many street trees fell in this tough winter?  Not many.  Trees do die/ fail at a rate of about 1-2% a year and are generally easy to predict.  This tree will be missed by it apartment residents and people who pass by this property.

posted by: Mark Aronson on March 28, 2014  6:51am

Linden Tree, I believe.  NOT a Norway Maple.

posted by: Ozyck on March 28, 2014  1:52pm

Your right Mark, I drove by this morning. Linden. Hard to tell from photo.  I hope the owner request some street trees from the City.