Early Fall?

8/9/2007 Update:

It has been said that these trees are infected with Anthracnose fungi.

Anthracnose fungi occur primarily on leaves and twigs. On deciduous trees these fungi overwinter in infected twigs. In spring many microscopic spores are produced and spread by splashing rain or sprinkler water to new growth where they germinate; the fungus enters the leaves and newly expanded twigs. If moist conditions prevail, a successive generation of spores is produced in the infected parts of new leaves. On evergreen species such as Chinese elm, the fungus can occur year-round on leaves and twigs, but on most deciduous trees the progress of the disease slows and becomes negligible during the hot dry summer.

These are London Plane Sycamores. One particular London Plane variety (Yarwood) is more susceptible to disease than others (Bloodgood, Columbia, Liberty).

Maybe the city got these trees on sale?

8/6/2007:
Was down at Pier A yesterday, and noticed a many of the trees embedded beneath the sidewalk bricks had become brown and the leaves had already begun falling off.

I cannot recall if this happens every year, due to the kind of trees they are (any Arboriculture specialists out there?), or if the trees just cannot handle this type of installation.

Perhaps it’s a sign that we’re going to have a bad winter this year?

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20 Comments on "Early Fall?"

moproteus
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moproteus

I have to agree. The city can’t bastardize this park, thank God.

homeworld
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The new trees on Hudson in front of Mawell Place are turning brown now, too.

elvisroberts
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perhaps our Mayor and City Council here in “Tree City USA” should host a workshop or two on street tree care and stewardship. Probably could get someone from the US Forest Service to come and give us free instruction. Hell, I”LL organize it if that’s what it takes.
I see a lot of people bitching and moaning on this board but in the 3 years we’ve lived here I MAY have seen someone watering a street tree perhaps ONCE, but never pruning, mulching or otherwise trying to take care of it! Here’s an idea – why don’t we tally the number of dead or sick street trees in each council district and give the winner an award and the loser a bag of compost to heal all their sick trees. Hey 411 does your site have the capacity to create a sign-up list? I’d hate to compromise my anonymity at this point 🙂

johndoe
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johndoe

Can’t we replace these trees with some nice plastic ones?

JAHoboken
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JAHoboken

Strand – It was some other thread, but whatever, whomever, I just hope something is done (OK, Reagan said it better). Hufnagel was just a name I threw out because I see them almost daily but you seem to know more about the inner workings of Hudson County. You are right about Columbus. At any rate, I rarely see anyone working in the parks, period, so I would rather see Hufnagel if it “has to be” them and you can keep an eye on what they are doing. I’m def not an arborist, just know what looks good, but will heed your advice.

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