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Historical Ginkgo Chopped Down

February 13, 2013
Standing Beneath a Giant GinkgoTree in Farragut Square

Standing Beneath a Giant Ginkgo Tree in Farragut Square

This morning I was heart-broken to learn that a life of 140+ year old Ginkgo tree was taken – for no good reason. Rather, it was murdered by way of ineptitude.

Yep, by way of The Garden Professors, I read that an amazing Ginkgo tree was cut down by a contractor in Washington DC. (You’ll notice the report doesn’t credit the work to an arborist, let alone even give them a term like “tree worker.” Somebody instead apparently hired this out to somebody with a chainsaw and no good sense.)

A few years ago my sister and I were on vacation in Washington and decided to walk through the city from Georgetown to the Mall. Along the way, a giant Ginkgo tree caught my eye. Although I can’t be 100% certain that this tree is the one that was reportedly chopped down, I’d be surprised if it wasn’t. The tree we saw is pictured to the right, and it was huge and gorgeous. And, yes, it was in the same park/square where they cut down a Ginkgo that likely was the largest and oldest of its kind in the capitol.

Oh, and apparently, they were supposed to cut down sick Ash tree. (Perhaps that’s the very same Ash in green behind me in the photo.) Not sure how in the world a tree professional would mistake one for the other. They’re incredibly different looking trees — even during the dormant months. But, then again, this was a “contractor”. Nobody said anything about hiring a tree professional to do the right job.

And with that, I’ll end my rant with this: Never let someone who isn’t a certified horticulturist with proven plant identification knowledge get anywhere close to your beloved plants. Or, you may lose a treasure that can never be replaced.

1 Comment

  1. Lee says:

    The contractor was Greentree out of Maryland. They were supposed to have an arborist on-site, and yes, that is the tree. It will take three generations of human life span to see a tree like that again, and that won’t happen because the soils have been destroyed. An irreplaceable treasure needlessly destroyed due to greed and stupidity.

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