Poplars will be replaced with dogwood, gingko trees

July 28, 2009

By Staff

Jose Ramirez pulls down a poplar tree, one of many poplars that have been dying from canker disease, the rotting of the trees from the inside. Northwest Landscape Services will be cutting down the remaining poplars along Gilman Boulevard and Front Street this week to prevent limbs from crashing on cars and injuring bystanders.By Adam Eschbach

Jose Ramirez pulls down a poplar tree, one of many poplars that have been dying from canker disease, the rotting of the trees from the inside. Northwest Landscape Services will be cutting down the remaining poplars along Gilman Boulevard and Front Street this week to prevent limbs from crashing on cars and injuring bystanders.By Adam Eschbach

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.

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3 Responses to “Poplars will be replaced with dogwood, gingko trees”

  1. Sarah Tuohy on July 28th, 2009 8:50 pm

    Wonderful choices! The Gingko is the Front Street Market parking lot is magnificent and the Dogwood is downright beautiful!

  2. Marlene McGrath on August 5th, 2009 12:05 pm

    It will take a few years for those dogwood and gingko trees to mature, but the
    the beautiful job the city did in reviving the flower garden at that same intersection
    tells me they will be beautiful.

    Incidentally, I have read about Issaquah’s gingko tree planted by the first community doctor. But from the address, could never find it. I don’t believe I ever looked in the markets parking lot! Thanks for locating it for me, and I do recall a beautiful tree in the Front Street Market parking lot!

  3. Marlene McGrath on August 5th, 2009 12:11 pm

    Gingkos and Dogwood will be beautiful, even before they mature.

    A word about flowers, I miss the gorgeous hanging baskets. … and I must
    commend the city for the remodeled flower garden built into the intersection
    flow of traffic pattern. It is lovely!

    I can’t wait to see the new trees, and will be patient with their growth development.

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