A large sycamore tree located near the Broad Street Bakery in the 100 block of Southwest Broad Street in downtown Southern Pines is scheduled for removal.
"Anytime we lose a tree as historic and significant as this old Sycamore it`s like losing an old friend or family member," said Jeff Grey, the town's arborist. "Growing up here in Southern Pines I enjoyed the shade from this tree many times. But sadly trees die and we have to take them down and remove them. Especially when they pose a threat to us, vehicles, and buildings."
This sycamore has fallen victim to a common issue experienced by a majority of the sycamore specimens in the area, he said, a condition known as bacterial leaf scorch.
Having lost more than 75% of its canopy in recent years, what remains of the tree is mainly deadwood. A more appropriate tree specimen for the challenging and limited growth environment of the downtown sidewalk will be considered for later replanting.
"This sycamore has lived a good long life. We did our best to help it to this point, but alas it must be removed, Grey said.
A professional tree service will begin removal of the tree at 6:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 14.
Removal of this large a specimen will require a crane. In the interest of safety, the town announced the 100 Block of SW Broad Street will be closed to all traffic, including vehicular and pedestrian until the completion of the project.
The patience and understanding of the public, businesses and offices affected by this necessary closing is appreciated. Any questions regarding the project may be directed to the Town’s Buildings and Grounds Division at 910-692-4863.