It fell into the street, away from the home on the property, and no one was injured. City workers were sent out to clear the road for traffic. However, removing the tree is the responsibility of the homeowners, since it is on private property, says city arborist Brian Henry.
A year ago, on March 10, 2012, another large stone pine fell at the corner of Sharon Park Drive and Warner Range Avenue in Sharon Heights.
In the 1960s, when Sharon Heights was first developed, many homeowners planted stone and Monterey pines because they grew quickly. The trees bear shallow roots, however, and can also be stressed by drought and attacks of pine beetles.