We called an arborist to advise us on a large laurel oak we wanted to keep living as long as possible. To our dismay, we learned that the tree had not one, but two hollow cavities filled with decayed wood in the main trunk, and another in a major branch. We’d been lucky it hadn’t fallen yet!
We’ve learned that laurel oaks are not a long-lived species; 40-50 years is about it before they begin dropping large branches, and eventually fall over in a windstorm. If this tree had fallen, it would have done serious damage to structures–and maybe utility infrastructures–no matter the direction. And in one direction (or if anyone was driving by in the alley) it could have endangered the lives of our neighbors.
Without the tree, the gardens are wilting in the sudden onslaught of full sun. We plan to replant with two smaller trees, but it will be a long time before they create anywhere near as much shade, if they ever do. Life in a garden: constant change.
Here, then, is the pictorial of our big laurel oak’s fall.