Iconic giant sequoia tree in Vancouver's Kerrisdale neighbourhood chopped

Mar 4 2019, 7:47 pm

The giant sequoia tree that has stood in Vancouver’s Kerrisdale neighbourhood for approximately a century is no more.

During the early morning hours of Sunday, crews removed the tree on a plaza located at the intersection of West 41st Avenue and Vine Street — just outside the Shoppers Drug Mart store.

All that remains of the visual landmark now is its wide stump, which is over two metres in width.

Last year, TPMG Capital, the owner of the property that the tree grew on, told Daily Hive the tree had to be removed as it was dying — its deterioration had reached the point of no return.

The assessment was made after the tree was examined by horticulturist, and a full report was forwarded to the Kerrisdale Business Association, which also expressed concerns for the health of the tree.

The roots of the tree extended under the roadway, and it has been under heavy stress.

The decision to remove the tree was a public safety measure.

Sequoia tree

Sequoia tree at the intersection of West 41st Avenue and Vine Street in Vancouver’s Kerrisdale neighbourhood. (Google Maps)

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