While we did not love the tree, we figured it was sorta cool being that it had some history behind it. The Monkey Puzzle Tree comes from Chili originally and was brought to Portland for the 1905 Lewis and Clark World Fair. Pretty cool, eh? Now these trees are gorgeous in the wild as seen below (image from here)
this image from hereBut ours was well, old and well, not pretty. Kinda the sore thumb sticking out. Not that our landscape was well, landscape. More just some concrete, shrubs and dead grass
After having about 10 arborists out to give there verdict, we decided that it was time to cut the beast down. Many arborists' said it was not healthy and had probably 5-10 years of life left as it was nearly 100 years old (after we cut it down we counted 96 rings, meaning 96 years old-just after the lewis and clark exposition) which probably meant that it was planted right when the house was built. If we kept it, it would need a dead heading right away so that it was safe and dead branches would not continue to fall and possibly kill people. Well, being that it was as much to dead head as cut the beast down, we decided that it was best to bring the king down. We also were planning a full re-landscape in summer 2009 and the beast was not part of the plan.
However, we are eco-friendly people and the thought of just grinding and dumping the beast (gorgeous wood) was gnawing at our conscious-es. So, I was able to find a company that came and harvested most of the trunk once we cut it down and even paid us a couple hundred as well!
Here are pictures of the beast coming down in Fall 2008. It took a crew of four all day, and don't worry, all the wood that was ground (branches) were taken to the local wood recycler for re-use.
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And my dad stole a little piece of stump (thanks for being sneaky) to make us this cool picture frame for Christmas 2009
|for now they make great old bike tire and rake storage|
|super cool lines where the branches grew out of the trunk|