News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 12/02/2013
Subject :

Final Phase of University Avenue Street Tree Removal Work Begins
Contact : Courtney Schumm, Project Manager, Public Works Department    650-496-6946
Palo Alto, CA – The City will begin the final phase of street tree removal work along University Avenue in early December. This tree removal project began in June of this year, however further removal work was deferred until December to minimize the time between removal and replanting. The City's tree maintenance contractor, West Coast Arborists, will begin tree removals along University Avenue (between Middlefield Road and the northeastern City limit at San Francisquito Creek), on December 4 with completion scheduled December 16. Work hours will occur Mondays through Fridays from 7 AM until 5 PM and all efforts will be taken to minimize disruptions to the flow of traffic.

There are 25 street trees marked for removal along this corridor, and the vast majority are Southern Magnolias (Magnolia grandiflora). All are decayed, dying, structurally unsound, or poorly located to where removal is warranted. Of these removals, two are small volunteer trees, and four are small trees with low vigor from shading by nearby mature trees.

Eleven of these sites will be replanted with similar species within a month of removal.  Unfortunately, some areas cannot be replanted due to existing utility conflicts, however, additional street tree planting will occur in nearby locations resulting in a replacement ratio exceeding one for one. 

According to Urban Forester Walter Passmore, "The fact that we have such a small percentage of tree removals that are needed indicates that our tree population as a whole in this area of the City is in good condition."

Questions can be directed to the Urban Forestry Section of the Public Works Department at (650) 496-5953 or more information found at