The removal and replacement of the 67 Bradford Pear trees on Lynnhaven Parkway between Salem and Indian River Roads will begin on Monday, November 4 and will be completed by Friday, November 15, weather permitting. Traffic may be minimally impacted due to a lane closure along the median between the hours of 9:00 am and 3:00 pm.
Due to Bradford Pear trees demonstrating poor branch structure, detrimental invasiveness, and the fact that they are highly prone to failure as they age, the City of Virginia Beach has deemed the tree species unacceptable for planting on city property. Their tendency to break apart in normal weather conditions without warning also pose safety concerns.
Supported by donations made to the City’s Beautification Fund, the Bradford Pear trees will be replaced with Tulip Poplar and Bald Cypress trees, both native species to the region and have proven sustainability in the city’s urban environment. Utilizing two varying species will also increase woodland diversity and decrease potential for disease or pest infestations. Implementing this proactive urban forest management approach prevents costly unscheduled hazard tree removals and potential property damage.
For additional information, please contact Symsi Houser at (757) 385-4461 or via email at SHouser@vbgov.com.
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