A few days ago, we posted about the Jefferson Street trees, and how 21 of the 25 trees would be saved. We now have the actual revised plan for the tree-felling there, and it’s not as good as we thought: 10 trees are actually going to be chopped down.
LONDON PLANE TREES TO GO
Seven of the trees on Jefferson are London Plane Trees (sycamores, platanus acerifolia). They’re the ones in front of the mellow brick structure of the Hotel Argonaut and give this part of the street much of its grace and beauty.
They’re also the trees that are the host tree for the Western Tiger Swallowtail butterfly. According to lepidopterist Liam O’Brien who testified at the hearing on August 27, these will likely be full of overwintering pupae ready to hatch into pretty butterflies in the spring.
Four of the seven trees are slated to be chopped down, pupae and all. Only one is to be replaced. In the picture below, all the trees sprayed yellow will be felled.
A pittosporum tree in the same line – between the two buildings in the picture above – would be felled without replacement. Out of the first ten trees you encounter when you walk from Hyde Street onto Jefferson, only five would be left. In addition, a ficus tree at the end of the block would be cut down, but replaced with a sapling.
We grabbed a map from Google maps and marked the trees to be felled. The red splotches show trees that won’t be replaced. The yellow splotches show the ones that will be replaced. The green trees are the ones preserved in the revised plan.
On the second block (along Jefferson from Leavenworth to Jones), the trees are all tristanias (tristania conferta). Four trees would be felled and new saplings would be planted in their place.