Well! It’s gone!
On my morning walk today, as I passed the long wooden shed at the Erie Crescent end of Oxbow Road, I noticed a branch had fallen from a cottonwood tree. It was about a foot in diameter at the break, so was very heavy overall.
It was pretty windy yesterday, so I wasn’t too surprised to see a fallen Cottonwood branch. However, as I passed this tree I was astonished to see the next Cottonwood had been completely felled. It was this that broke off the branch from the other tree.
Those of you that frequent this trail will remember this tree hosted a Wisteria vine. It was spectacular when in flower. It also hosted numerous Bittersweet vines, some with six inch diameter trunks. These were holding up several very large branches that had broken off in previous storms. They were just hanging, waiting to fall on passers by. Thankfully, that never happened.
Last year the ECNA cut these vines to help reduce the overladen canopy of their growth and excess weight. But the inside of this tree was so badly rotted, it was too late to save it.
Cottonwoods of this size are at their end of life cycle and are extremely dangerous. This one didn’t fall across the trail, but the next one could, so be warned, not to venture under these weak trees in windy weather.
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