A previous owner planted these 2 Populus deltoides (Eastern Cottonwood) between two apartment buildings approximately 20 years ago. This is a classic case of poor species selection, as the 2 trees had outgrown their position and were damaging nearby drainage. Their removal involved rope lowering techniques to prevent damage to buildings on either side.
Despite having attractive form and excellent Autumn colour Populus sp. (Poplar) are not a suitable tree species in most urban settings. Many species have highly invasive root systems, poor wood properties and can reach heights of more than 30m.