Residents alerted the Buzz to a large street that fell this week in the 400 Block of North Plymouth Blvd. in Larchmont Village. There were no reports of injury or damage, though the tree was blocking the street for some time before city crews were able to remove it.
According to arborist Nick Mook, the tree, a Blackwood Acacia (Acacia melanoxylon) that is native to Australia, appears to have extensive wood decay, which is the primary reason the tree failed.
The good news is the recent drought was not likely the cause of tree’s collapse. Mook suggested the tree might have reached the end of its natural life span, or could have been infected with a pathogen in the soil that caused the rot…or both. When we checked the next day, the entire tree and stump had been removed.
Thanks to Buzz readers for letting us know about the tree.
About Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard is the co-editor and publisher of the Larchmont Buzz. Patty lives with her family in Fremont Place. She has been active in neighborhood issues since moving here in 1989. Her pictorial history, "Larchmont" for Arcadia Press is available at Chevalier's Books.
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