The municipal Parks and Gardens service finally cut down the twelve-meter-high oak tree in the Plaza de Cuba, in the Los Remedios District, for the “serious cup change”, as a result of this summer’s extreme temperatures and the lack of rain, as well as other factors, such as the fact that it is “completely exposed to the road” and “surrounded by underground urban services.”
Although the report signed by the technicians on September 8, consulted by Europa Press, “does not detect a significant risk of mechanical failure of the branches or the whole tree that requires immediate cutting action,” in the end, “It can’t go on,” as recognized by the delegate responsible for Parks and Gardens, Evelia Rincón, in a message published on her social networks, consulted by Europa Press, in response to a request for clarification from the Save Your Trees Platform, in which he clarified that “I know very well” of this specific specimen.
Rincón shared the report from Parks and Gardens technicians, where it was explained that in the month of July of this year, “the symptoms of physiological decay began to be observed in many specimens in the Plaza de Cuba.” The gradual necrosis of the leaf cover was found in roundabout trees (twelve Mimosifolia jacarandas) and in two mature specimens of Quercus ilex (holm oaks).
In August, “extraordinary weekly irrigation” was applied to them. A review carried out on September 8 found “signs of greening of the crowns of the jacarandas and the recovery of one of the Quercus” but “no visible signs” in the case of the second oak, which “has a state of severe physiological regression with apparent definitive vascular mortality.
The extreme temperatures of this summer, where all historical records have been broken, are behind the “devitalization of the crown and death of mature trees” in Seville. This will explain the condition of the oak tree now cut down in the Plaza de Cuba, as clarified by the municipal technicians, who, however, pointed to other factors such as the fact that this oak was planted without any specimen around it and that it is “completely exposed to the road and surrounded by underground urban services.”