Poplars will be replaced with dogwood, gingko trees
July 28, 2009
City crews will remove 25 poplars at the southwest corner of Front Street North and Northeast Gilman Boulevard next week and replace the aging trees with gingko and dogwood trees.
The poplars — planted in 1972 — usually live for about 35 years. As the trees age and become less healthy, they can pose safety issues. Ginkgos are expected to live for more than 100 years; dogwoods could live for more than 50 years.
City officials plan to hire a contractor to remove the poplars in small segments. The waste will then be recycled.Crews removed 22 poplars at the northwest corner of the intersection in October.
Because ginkgos have a larger canopy and take up more space, fewer trees will be used. About a dozen new trees will be planted near the intersection. The dogwood species is Eddie’s White Wonder — Issaquah’s centennial tree.
The poplar replacement is the second phase of a long-range renovation project to replace all of the poplars at the Front Street North and Northeast Gilman Boulevard intersection.