City Begins to Remove Select Italian Stone Pines on E. Anapamu Street

Removal of Italian Stone Pine Trees in Santa Barbara on June 10, 2024 (Photo by an edhat reader)
Removal of Italian Stone Pine Trees in Santa Barbara on June 10, 2024 (Photo by an edhat reader)

The City of Santa Barbara is beginning to remove some of the Italian Stone Pine trees on E. Anapamu Street in Santa Barbara.

Last month the city stated its Urban Forestry staff will remove five Italian stone pines on East Anapamu Street after a comprehensive assessment identified the aging trees as a threat to public safety.

Many of the remaining trees will receive canopy pruning to reduce the risk of limb failure once neighboring trees are removed.

Removal of Italian Stone Pine Trees in Santa Barbara  on June 10, 2024 (Photo by an edhat reader)
Removal of Italian Stone Pine Trees in Santa Barbara on June 10, 2024 (Photo by an edhat reader)
Removal of Italian Stone Pine Trees in Santa Barbara  on June 10, 2024 (Photo by an edhat reader)
Removal of Italian Stone Pine Trees in Santa Barbara on June 10, 2024 (Photo by an edhat reader)

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    • There’s a huge Stone pine on the 1800 block of Overlook that has died, but no one seems to be able to get the city to move it. For years neighbors have complained about the massive branches and debris they leave, as they lean into the power lines on the street. Maybe these trees are just not meant for Santa Barbarans if they residents and city won’t maintain them.

  1. You are right, tiredmom — and the Santa Barbara residents who do not live under these stone pines are going to have a hard time understanding all the problems that they cause, Even if, for the sake of their beauty and their historical status, you are willing to put up with their propensity to:
    • drip sap onto our parked cars,
    • disperse allergenic pollen every spring,
    • drop profuse piles of pine needles that acidify the soil below, discouraging other plant growth (unless we diligently rake up the needles daily);
    you might begin to balk at the financial cost that Anapamu’s stone pines are imposing on the City (meaning US!).

    These trees, gorgeous though they be, are not appropriate street trees, because of their shallow root systems: As they mature, they begin buckling the adjoining street macadam and the adjoining sidewalks. All of us who have lived under these trees for any length of time have witnessed how often the city workers must come out to cut off the protruding roots, and to repair the damaged pavement. However, the trouble does not end there; because, once their roots are cut, the trees begin to die and fall over; and the City workers must come out again to remove the dying trees.

    Beyond even those problems, I am told that a destructive parasite — one that would require regular application of toxic pesticides to eliminate — has infested these trees. (I have witnessed how much the mealy bugs love them!)

    The time has come to start replacing Anapamu’s stone pines (as they, inevitably, succumb) with a more appropriate, deep-rooted, drought-resistant, and pest-resistant species. I proposed to the City Arborist and to the Street Tree Advisory Committee my preference for Siberian elm trees or for Jacarandas. If you know of other appropriate species that you would like to see lining Anapamu street, I encourage you to contact the City Arborist, Nathan Slack: NSlack@santabarbaraCA.gov.

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