Keeping Track

Heritage Mall white oak

The story: The landmark white oak at Heritage Mall is about 300 years old and appeared in good health in October 2005, following what some said was a severe pruning. They worried about the tree’s future after two large limbs broke off, and a company was called in to remove a number of rotten branches. After the pruning, Buena Vista Arbor Care Co., which took care of the tree for about 13 years, contacted the city’s forester with concerns that the tree was cut back too much. The tree is one of Albany’s designated Heritage Trees.

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