Gilman poplars to be replaced

October 7, 2008

By Staff

The city plans to remove 22 aging poplar trees on the northwest corner of Front Street North and Northeast Gilman Boulevard this month, and replace them with ginkgo and dogwood trees.

The poplars, planted in 1972, usually live for about 35 years. Workers have already removed several trees at that intersection that were quickly declining in health and could cause safety concerns.

About 15 new trees – a combination of both ginkgo and dogwood – will be planted in the area. Fewer trees will replace the old poplars, as ginkgos have a larger canopy and will take up more space. 

The dogwood species planted will be Eddie’s White Wonder, Issaquah’s centennial tree. The ginkgo trees are expected to live for more than 100 years, while the dogwoods could live for more than 50 years.

The city will hire a contractor to remove the poplar trees in small segments, then recycle them. Traffic will not be impacted.

This is the start of the city’s long-range renovation project to replace all of the poplars at Front and Gilman.

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