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Giant Sycamore tree fallen in front of 243 N Norton Avenue in Windsor Square

A giant California Sycamore tree in the parkway in front of 243 N. Norton Avenue in Windsor Square fell down over the weekend. Fortunately, there was no damage to the home due to the deep setback of the house on the lot.

City crews were at the scene removing the tree this morning after being notified yesterday, according to one of the workers.  One worker also said the tree seems to have suffered from some form of root rot, as one side of the had almost no roots anchoring the tree to the ground.  Otherwise the tree appeared to be healthy, with plenty of foliage and no signs of infestation by the polyphagous shot hole borer beetle that has infected so many of the city’s sycamore trees.

Looking back at historic photos available on Google, the tree appears to have struggled like so many of our street trees during the extended drought. A recent photo from February shows the tree without any foliage. Experts say it may take 3-4 years of rain before trees will return to good health with robust leaves. Root rot is likely caused by some kind of fungus, and it’s almost impossible to tell what’s ailing a tree until it’s too late.

Google photo from July 2014 shows the Sycamore tree at 243 N Norton that fell over the weekend.
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Patricia Lombard
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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