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City to replace some trees

January 23, 2002

City to replace some trees



Some of the Bradford pear trees in downtown Hagerstown will be replaced this year, City Engineer Rodney Tissue said Tuesday.

The Maryland State Highway Administration plans to remove 13 Bradford pear trees and two cherry trees from West Franklin Street and 23 Bradford pears from West Washington Street.

The state will replace those trees with American Hornbeam and Ivory Silk Japanese Tree Lilac trees, Tissue said.

The Bradford pears probably will be removed during the summer, and the new trees will be planted in the fall, he said.

The Bradford pear trees flower in the spring, but drop fruit in the fall, which leaves sidewalks messy.

In downtown Hagerstown, Bradford pears are mostly on Franklin, Washington and Potomac Streets, and Summit Avenue.

The Mayor and City Council on Tuesday supported the state's tree replacement plans and authorized Tissue to move ahead with plans to replace some Bradford pear trees on North Potomac Street.

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- Dan Kulin

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