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Silver Lake mourns the death of the eucalyptus

Jun 29, 2015

Dead eucalyptus along the Corralitas Red Car Trail| Diane Edwardson

SILVER LAKE — Is it the drought? Is it a beetle or a fungus? The questions are being asked as residents near Corralitas Drive and the Corralitas Red Car Trail have watched as several large eucalyptus trees have died off, leaving the landscape littered with twisted trunks covered with clumps of brown leaves.

Blogger Diane Edwardson says that neighbors on Corralitas have had to cut down a half dozen eucalyptus. And that’s only one street. So many trees have died that Edwardson of the Corralitas Red Car Property Blog published numerous photos during what she called “Dead Eucalyptus Week.” Says Edwardson:

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.

The dead trees create a severe fire and safety hazard, Edwardson says.

Photo by Diane Edwardson

Photo by Diane Edwardson

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