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Millbrae Public Works Announcement – Removal of Infected Trees

Post Date:11/03/2016 9:55 AM

Due to the spread of a fungal disease and weakened trunk strength, several trees that line the back entrance of City Hall will be removed as soon as possible.

Over the past two years, City staff have pruned infected limbs from the Chinese Elms on the western side of City Hall. The infection to the trees was caused by Anthracnose, a fungal disease that damaged the trees’ trunks, branches and leaves. Unfortunately, the disease is incurable and spread too deeply into the Chinese Elms, compromising their structural integrity.

Because of this, and to prevent the trees from falling on persons or property, the City of Millbrae Department of Public Works will be removing the trees as soon as possible. Following the removal of the Chinese Elms and clean-up of infected soil, City staff will plant new trees in the area. Potential replacement trees could include more environmentally-friendly varieties such as: Olea Europaea (Common Olive), Arbutus Marina (Marina Strawberry), or Tristania Laurina (Water Gum).



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