Monday, June 29, 2015

Corralitas Drive: Stop Living In Denial, They're Dead

Photo: Diane Edwardson, May 15, 2015.  The big Eucalyptus that neighbors thought would fall down 25 years ago, was healthy until the past year, when it fell victim to the sudden Eucalyptus death that's going around the neighborhood.  It was definitely still green a year ago.
Photo: Diane Edwardson, May 25, 2015.  Then, just in the past few months a second large Eucalyptus died, in very close proximity to the owner's home. It's tragic to lose so many large big trees around the neighborhood.  Eucalyptus do not drop their leaves for fall the way California Black Walnuts do.  They will not be coming back from the dead.   

These two Eucalyptus appear to be the same species that are dying all over the neighborhood.  In the past year, on Corralitas alone, several neighbors have had to cut down a half dozen similarly large Eucalyptus of the same species that died suddenly,  They are a fire hazard and if you have more than one, it seems to spread to your other Eucalyptus of the same species.  

Consult a certified arborist if you Eucalyptus are starting to die.  If it is disease, pests or fungus you can spread it to your other trees (often other types of trees - not just Eucalyptus), depending on what is causing the problem.  The megadrought is making trees more susceptible to all sorts of problems.   

For the past week we've been looking at the dead Eucalyptus around the Red Car Property neighborhood.  Click here for all our dead tree posts. 

UPDATE 8-22-15: Both trees were removed by owner this week.