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Why the Embarcadero’s date palms are dying

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Five dozen of the 222 Canary Island date palms planted along the Embarcadero after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake are dying from a fungal disease. City crews are doing what they can to prevent the disease from spreading to other trees, but the task isn’t easy. And as more of the trees die, the likelihood of planting new ones doesn’t look good due to the cost: $35,000 per palm to remove and replace, the Chronicle says.

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