Eastlake eucalyptus tree will be removed; here are possible replacements

An ailing Eastlake eucalyptus tree that neighbors valiantly tried to save with a trimming last summer is going to have to be removed.

Joshua Erickson, an arborist with the City of Seattle, says in an email today the he has inspected the tree in the Hamlin street end and:

“I didn’t have to get very close to confirm my suspicion that it was well on its way out.  While it is not an immediate hazard, it most certainly will not recover from the damage it has sustained.”

He will have the tree removed sometime after July 4. He’ll post at the tree either today (Monday) or Tuesday to let neighbors know that the removal is going to happen.

Erickson says the city has several tree species in its inventory that could replace the eucalyptus:

  • American Hornbeam
  • Lavalle Hawthorn
  • Ginkgo
  • Greencolumn Maple
  • Frontier Elm

Erickson says the city will need volunteers to help keep the tree watered in the summer for the next two or three years. The city will provide a water bag to make watering easier.

The tree suffered badly during the cold winter of 2008-09. Neighbors, lead by Ruth Kunath and April Boyd, raised money last summer to have it professionally trimmed in the hopes that that would spur new growth and save it, but it didn’t work.

What do you think? Would you be willing to help water the new tree? If so, leave a note in the comments here.