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Huge Tree Falls on Pico Blvd

A large Ficus tree fell on Pico Blvd near Rancho Park. (Photo taken on December 27 by Ann Rubin)

Strong winds earlier this week seem to have taken down a large, mature Ficus tree on Pico Blvd., near Rancho Park. Thanks to Carthay Circle resident Ann Rubin for the photos of the fallen tree, which we sent to several local tree experts for their thoughts on what could have cause the tree to fall.

Helen Hartung, chair of the Windsor Square Tree Canopy, noticed the fallen tree had very few leaves in contrast to the others nearby, and suggested the tree may have been diseased, weakening its root structure. Arborist Nick Mook told the Buzz that the roots appeared to be decayed. Mook speculated that possible root pruning at some point could have caused the tree to lose its anchoring ability.

It’s amazing to see one of these seemingly indestructible trees come down. We will keep you posted if we learn more about the cause of the tree’s demise, as it appears to about the same vintage as our Larchmont Blvd Ficus trees.

Photo of the root structure of fallen Ficus tree on Pico by Ann Rubin
Fortunately, no one was injured when the Ficus tree fell but several vehicles were damaged as well as the fence around the park. Photo by Ann Rubin
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Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard is the 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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