Representatives of the Los Angeles Urban Forestry Division are monitoring the American elms that line Rossmore Avenue.
The trees are approximately 70 to 80 years old, and are predominately in good condition, according to Greg Monfette, street tree supervisor for the Urban Forestry Division, which is part of the city’s Bureau of Street Services.
However, the trees are of a species that is slower to blossom during spring, and “a few are in a declining state,” Monfette said. America elms are prone to limb loss in windstorms, and a handful of the trees have been removed in recent weeks because of damage.
Monfette said he did not have an exact number of the trees that have been removed and said “a few” more may be in jeopardy. He added that there are no current plans to remove any more of the trees, and officials will continue to monitor their condition. Monfette added that the last time the American elms on Rossmore Avenue were trimmed was in 2004 or 2005, and that money has been budgeted for trimming along the street in 2016.
The trees have a general life span of 60 to 100 years, Monfette said.
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