A new holiday tree in downtown Pleasanton

Younger, 35-foot cedar replaces decades-old tree struck with root fungus

In front of the Museum on Main are the new holiday tree (right) and bark-covered site where the old, diseased tree was removed (left). Photo by Jeremy Walsh

Crews recently planted a Deodar cedar tree outside the Museum on Main that will be used as the new centerpiece of the city of Pleasanton's holiday display downtown after the seven-story cedar that served as the city's holiday tree for more than 20 years was removed for health reasons.

The city's arborist and a tree preservation team diagnosed the decades-old cedar with an incurable form of root fungus, leading to its removal from the south side of the museum lawn (where bark chips now remain), according to city officials.

The replacement tree, which is the same species as its predecessor, currently stands about 35 feet tall on the north end of the lawn and is expected to grow to a similar height as the old one, approximately 65-75-feet.

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Posted by Grumpy
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Jul 7, 2019 at 7:39 am

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Will they replant it? I know they can be bought in 72" boxes. Not sure about their height in those boxes, but it would be nice to have a reasonable sized replacement tree that can grow back over the years.

Or have they decided that they can't get the fungus out in that spot?

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