Large Monkey Puzzle tree coming down in Ballard

Neighbors watched this morning as the large Monkey Puzzle tree at the corner of NW 60th & 9th Ave NW was taken down.

“I don’t remember it not being there,” a neighbor who’s lived nearby for 47 years tells us. Some neighbors say the tree was the largest in the city and possibly the state, although we couldn’t confirm it.

The house recently sold and the new owners made the decision to take the large tree down. “I don’t think they can expect warm pies on their porch,” an upset neighbor says. We knocked on the door, but the new owners weren’t there.

Dawn Hemminger with the East Ballard Community Association says the tree company tried to talk the owners out of taking it down. “They tried to talk the owners into pruning the tree, but they wanted it down,” she says. “It’s a bad week for East Ballard,” Hemminger said with sadness in her voice, referring to the tree and Sunset Bowl.

Other neighbors supported the decision to remove the tree. “I am the owner of one of the houses nearest them and I know they did not take the decision lightly,” says Erin in comments below. “That tree was planted way too close to the house…. They were constantly picking shingles off the roof when the previous owners lived there – we know because we would often help them trim it back…. I agree that losing any large tree is sad, but planting one or more of a more responsible variety to replace it is not an unreasonable plan in this case.” (Thank you everyone for the tips and comments.)


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Rob
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Rob

there is a pretty large one here in Phrelard:

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=e

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Damn! Obviously a different set of values…

zipper
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zipper

Congrats MyBallard, you just sent out the nighbors with the pitch forks and torches. Maybe they just wanted some light to make it into their windows.

Well new neighbors, just a shout out if you ever read this: Welcome to the neighborhood, consider this your warm pie on the porch.

stacks
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stacks

yeh! they dont want branches breaking off an hitting their hou4se. we just bought a house in ballard and there is a huge unkept pine tree in our neighbors yard behind us. in every single wind storm we have had branches have broken off and either hit our house, or littered our yard. huge trees like that around small houses is irresponsible! good for them for taking it down..

brian
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brian

there aren't tons of big trees in ballard, but what a bunch of drama queens. it's not like it's the amazon rain forest or something.

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It's possible the root system of the tree was damaging the foundation of the house, which a home inspector would have pointed out to the buyers. Still, it's a shame.

puzzledmonkey
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puzzledmonkey

Being a homeowner with a large MP tree in the yard, I can't blame them for cutting it down. Nothing grows under them. Large branches fall down often. In the spring there are LARGE spats of Sap that end up on the sidewalk, roof, hair, everything …..

notmytree
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notmytree

God forbid someone cut down a tree in THEIR yard. It doesn't matter why they did it, I think stacks nailed it on the head, they didn't want a tree falling on their (or a neighbors!) house.

This is just something for people to bicker about.

bmvaughn
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bmvaughn

If the neighbors wanted to keep it around so much, maybe they should have considered buying the house or at least paying off the new neighbors.

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…or maybe some of us just love monkey puzzle trees..

swedelife
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swedelife

Yay! Obviously someone doing what they want on their property. Fancy That….

Ytoo
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Ytoo

One less of the ugliest exotics introduced here. No loss.

mzen
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mzen

Obviously they didn't see “Avatar”!

zipper
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zipper

As long it's not a tree you have to take care of. I love the way they look too, wouldn't want one in my yard.

ananomonomous
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ananomonomous

To each his own. Still that was a pretty cool monkey tree. As an avid player of the monkey tree game, there are still an impressive amount of monkey trees in the area. That house has a great corner, they could make a pretty sweet garden with all that new space.

Black_Sheep
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Black_Sheep

We were unpopular for taking out a tree, too. We did feel bad about the decision, which probably seemed sudden to the neighbors, but was something we deliberated for a long time before having the tree removed.

But there is now light in our house, plants will grow in our yard, we no longer fear windstorms, and the racoons (and their poo) have moved on.

Alysse Martyn
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Alysse Martyn

Maybe it wasn't the best choice of tree for the yard. I think I've walked by there and probably liked it, but did not understand what it might be for living beneath it. I would sure like for the City to develop a list of environmentally good trees with less hazards that are good for urban areas. My husband and I bought a small house in Crown Hill 6 years ago, and we searched for good trees to replace the 120 ft Douglas Fir the house inspector said needed to come down. Some of our neighbors were happy we took it down because of the less crows. I was sad because I like trees.

tomt722
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tomt722

Having watched our neighbors deal with the nastiness that spews forth from their monkey puzzle (and imagining the expense of having it trimmed) I can only congratulate these home owners for taking theirs down. It is NOT a native tree, and it is (literally) a pain in the patootie to deal with.

Dennis
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Dennis

Looking at the numerous power lines surrounding this tree, i think the owners were right in taking this monster tree down. With all the windstorms that Seattle is experiencing, i think they are doing the responsible thing and saving themselves and surrounding neighbors much grieve in the future. Good on ya!

jj
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jj

I am a neighbor. Just for the record, the tree was well-maintained, the old owners had it cleaned every year or two.

I'm sorry to see the tree go, but I have to admit that the only reason I didn't worry about it falling over onto my house was that their house was in the way. Still, the tree was huge, it would have probably hit my house anyway. The good thing about trees is that they can be replanted.

My wife makes excellent apple pies, and my new neighbors can expect one on their doorstep.

RudyT
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RudyT

Welcome to Ballard! :) That tree looks like it dominated your entire lot! I'm sure you'll enjoy your new space and the drama over your decision will die down soon enough.

cougar
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cougar

Looks like one building and one tree at a time Ballard is going to look like downtown Seattle soon. Condos, concrete and homeless people.

Scott
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Scott

So it tree was aborted. BFD. It's a tree. If you haven't had sewer issues yet from something as wonderful as a tree, just wait. Talk to somebody that has or had to replace gutters etc. due to something growing. I think there'll be a rush of people visiting their Dr.s due to knees jerking over and over. Must be therapy for that too? Perhaps I'll take 'em some of my scones. They don't need no stinkin pie!

Erin
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Erin

I am glad to see so many comments supporting these people's decision. I am the owner of one of the houses nearest them and I know they did not take the decision lightly. That tree was planted way too close to the house and limbing it up was tried by the previous owner. It did nothing as the branches eventually swooped down to fill in the space. They were constantly picking shingles off the roof when the previous owners lived there – we know because we would often help them trim it back.

I agree that losing any large tree is sad, but planting one or more of a more responsible variety to replace it is not an unreasonable plan in this case.

I can't resist pointing out that it is entirely possible that some of the quoted neighbors who sound most up-in-arms have completely treeless yards and turned down free trees from the city recently.

I hope people take the time to meet the new neighbors. I think you'll find them to be everything but horrible, irreverent, tree-killers.

NoraBell
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NoraBell

It was a lovely tree, and it's sad to see it go. But, really folks, it is their yard, their tree, and as others here have pointed out there may have been a very compelling reason they decided to remove it.
My pitchfork remains in the shed.