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Posted on: July 6, 2021

Mayor's Holiday Tree Did Not Survive Transplant Shock

photo of dying tree in Triangle Park

(Manhattan, KS – July 2, 2021) The Mayor’s Holiday Tree in Triangle Park is dying and will be removed by the City of Manhattan Forestry Department in the coming weeks. The 18-foot-tall Colorado Blue Spruce was planted in 2019 to replace the nearly 20-year-old blue spruce that blew down in high winds earlier the same year. The new tree failed to get adequately established after transport and did not survive.

“Moving large, mature trees is always risky,” said Forestry Supervisor J. David Mattox.  “We took great care to try and help the tree get established - set up special irrigation and watered it through the winter - but we couldn’t overcome the transplant shock. There was no disease present. We will remove the tree quickly, to preserve its dignity.“

Discussion of next steps to provide a holiday tree in Triangle Park are still underway.

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