A historic tree overhangs U.S. 58 and Main Street in downtown Kewanee, Illinois, US. It had leaned over the street for decades, but following heavy rains in 2009, it leaned more. Responding to calls to remove the tree, Historic Tree Care specified reduction pruning based on an the image to the right (fig 1).
team of arborists offered plans to preserve it.
Our specifications were made with public safety as the main goal and the tree’s preservation as the second goal. City staff expertly followed the pruning specifications in February 2010, greatly mitigating the risk of failure. The city agreed with follow-up plans to clean the tree’s crown of dead wood, invigorate the roots, and collect cuttings for propagation.
In June 2010, Guy Meilleur climbed the tree, removed dead wood, and pruned it to further improve the structure. With most of the load removed, the city considered the tree’s risk to be tolerable.
Volunteers perform periodic inspections to inform the City on future management needs. Given the powerful durability of Maclura, and the rejuvenation of the remaining limbs, the prognosis is very good.
The Maclura stood up to a 20 mile-an-hour windstorm in 2012.
See a recent image of the tree from Main Street.