The Sad Story of the Beaver Tree
Lars Poulsen - 2021-04-20
In our family language, a "beaver tree" is a tree that has been badly
pruned. The name is derived from the company name "Giant Beaver Tree
Service" which operates in our area, and sends out little postcard ads
in the mail.
We live in an older working class neighborhood. The subdivision was
developed in 1951 as affordable starter homes for WW-II veterans.
After turning over for two generations of home owners, the original
cookie-cutter tract houses have diversified a bit, and the area is now
gentrifying, with property values creeping up around a million dollars.
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A large part of the charm is that in these older neighborhoods, we have
a lot of large, old trees, and the City's "Urban Forestry" office
protects them fiercely. When we wanted to remove 4 old decorative pear
trees in our front yard, which all had advanced infections of
fireblight, it took 4 months of negotiations with the street tree
committee before we reached a compromise that let us remove 3 of them;
the last one is still in the picture above.
The Beaver Tree
One block North of our house, the tree on the left in this picture is one
of the Mission Olive trees
that are the designated street species for our street.
The home owner decided that it needed pruning, so now it looks like
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