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Midtown bids goodbye to iconic tree

By Melanie Turner, Staff Writer Sacramento Business Journal

August 22, 2012

Midtown residents and business owners gathered Tuesday evening to say their final good-byes to the giant camphor tree at the corner of 18th Street and Capitol Avenue.

According to the city arborist, the landmark tree has verticillium wilt, an incurable disease that is killing the tree. It is slated to be cut down Wednesday morning. The 65-foot tall tree has graced the neighborhood since it was planted in 1886. I first reported news of the tree's demise on Aug. 7.

Several of those attending the event hosted by the Sacramento Tree Foundation and neighboring Paesano's restaurant participated in a group tree hug. A cardboard sign on the tree read: “Goodbye. I love you, too.”

Wood from the tree will be given to local woodworkers under a new urban wood rescue program, a joint city and Tree Foundation program funded by a grant from the state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The foundation collected $10 donations at Paesano’s on Tuesday to further support the wood program.