As a plugged-in reader first reported two years ago:
The [Embarcadero] palms won’t be there much longer. The city has fired all their educated arborists. Those who are left trim them to that odd pineapple shape while the fronds are still green and alive. A fusarium-type wilt then infects the palm and it slowly dies. At least 3 have died since the last trimming – that’s what killed the dead palms around Justin Herman Plaza.
With twenty-six of the $35,000 trees now infected, the palms have, in fact, been dying in droves ever since our reader’s report warned. But according to the Chronicle’s report today, the Department of Public Works crew doesn’t know how the trees were infected.
An educated arborist is a terrible, and rather expensive, thing to waste.
∙ For The Love (And Hate) Of Palm Trees In San Francisco [SocketSite]
∙ Chronicle Watch: Palms dying in droves [sfgate.com]