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Commission plans to vote for new trees that replace eucalyptus

January 02, 2012|By Mike Reicher

The Newport Beach Parks, Beaches and Recreation Commission plans to vote Tuesday about which trees should replace the eucalyptus removed from Fourth Avenue in Corona del Mar.

City staff members recommended gold medallions, dwarf southern magnolias and African tulip trees as suitable replacements.

Currently, the Hong Kong orchid is the designated tree for replanting along Fourth Avenue, but a staff report says that it grows too slowly in some areas of the city.

Homeowners would be able to chose one of the three new species to plant in front of their homes.

When choosing the three trees, city staff members considered the space available, their growth rate, color and availability, according to the report.

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In October, officials removed 33 blue gum eucalyptus trees along Fourth Avenue after one fell and killed a woman in another part of town.

 

— Mike Reicher

Twitter: @mreicher

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