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Silver Lake mourns the death of the eucalyptus

Dead eucalyptus along the Corralitas Red Car Trail| Diane Edwardson

SILVER LAKE — Is it the drought? Is it a beetle or a fungus? The questions are being asked as residents near Corralitas Drive and the Corralitas Red Car Trail have watched as several large eucalyptus trees have died off, leaving the landscape littered with twisted trunks covered with clumps of brown leaves.

Blogger Diane Edwardson says that neighbors on Corralitas have had to cut down a half dozen eucalyptus. And that’s only one street. So many trees have died that Edwardson of the Corralitas Red Car Property Blog published numerous photos during what she called “Dead Eucalyptus Week.” Says Edwardson:

It’s tragic to lose so many large big trees around the neighborhood. Eucalyptus do not drop their leaves for fall the way California Black Walnuts do. They will not be coming back from the dead.

The dead trees create a severe fire and safety hazard, Edwardson says.

Photo by Diane Edwardson

Photo by Diane Edwardson

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11 comments

  1. Not just the Eucalyptus. A species of pine is dying off and several large oaks in Debs park have fallen victim to a beetle infestation. Now excuse me while I peel out in my new Ford Eliminator!

  2. Redgum lerp psyllids, along with the following attack our local eucalyptus:

    “Eucalyptus trees in California are attacked by at least 14 other introduced insects, including the bluegum psyllid (Ctenarytaina eucalypti), eucalyptus longhorned borers (Phoracantha recurva and P. semipunctata), and eucalyptus snout beetle or gumtree weevil (Gonipterus scutellatus), which are now under good biological control….”

    http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn7460.html

  3. This is really a blessing in disguise.

    Eucalyptus trees are not native to California. They guzzle water at amazing rates (hence, why they’re the first to go in a drought). They are EXTREMELY flammable due to the nature of Eucalyptus oil (they are capable of literally exploding in a fire), and because the way they shed bark litters their surroundings with dry fuel, so they pose a serious threat with regard to wildfires. They also have shallow root systems that don’t do well in our soil composition, which makes them prone to falling over when pushed by the wind. Hell, up in Santa Barbara about a year ago, a roughly 80 foot tall, 5 foot trunk diameter Eucalyptus on the grounds of the El Encanto Hotel simply fell over in the middle of a completely calm night, landing across a road and partially on top of a building across the street.

    There probably isn’t a worse tree one could design for this area.

  4. We had 6 dead or diseased Eucalyptus trees cut down on our property on Griffith Park Blvd. And the large tree that caused the power outage when it fell in January was also a Eucalyptus.

    • I sincerely hope the city cuts down those dead ones in the photos IMMEDIATELY. They are enough of a danger when alive, but they will certainly fall over when dead, especially on slopes like those. One overhangs a road, the other a path…I hope no one gets hurt or killed. If you find yourself in either of these spots, beware!

  5. There are hundreds of recently deceased Eucalyptus trees in Elysian park, I’ve been wondering what’s been happening to them. I had assumed drought, but now realize that there are other complicating factors as well.

  6. I was walking our dogs down the Corralitas trail just last week and immediately noticed just how seriously bone-dry everything was. Even the little oasis looked and felt a couple of notches drier and exposed than I recall it ever being. I’m actually relieved to read that the eucalyptus trees aren’t native to this area and are a bad choice in terms of water-conservation. Makes it a little easier to write them off and anticipate the planting of sturdier and/or native trees and vegetation in their place.

    Btw, huge Props to Diane Edwardson and her dedication to documenting the history and changes in our neighborhoods. Her excellent work truly captures the unique character and natural beauty of our community and has inspired more than one message in support of her efforts.

    • “I’m actually relieved to read that the eucalyptus trees aren’t native to this area and are a bad choice in terms of water-conservation.”

      Really? This was news to you?

      • Hardly “news” simply an interesting reminder for those who take our local greenery for granted but feel the loss of trees or green space. Btw, must you stink up every thread with your obsessive cyber-stalking? You really need to get a life, ESFarts. I will now proceed to punish you with my amazing powers of indifference. Go ahead. Bait away and prepare simmer in your own lonely and bitter piss . . . “Adios, Pilgrim.”

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