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What Happened to the Old Oak Tree At Ralphs?

The beloved oak tree was rumored to be 100 years old.

Two baby oak trees have taken the place of the elegant old oak that once stood in the parking lot of the Ralphs at 211 E. Foothill Blvd. The reason?

Store manager Chuck Hamman said the beloved oak, which had become a kind of Arcadia landmark, had a fatal case of root rot.

"People said the tree died because no one watered it, but that's not true," Hamman said. 

Workers had to remove the tree in November because it had become a hazard to shoppers—and their cars.

Hamman said the new trees, planted earlier this month, are a different species of oak from their predecessor. Maybe so, but they're sure grow up just as beautiful.

Anita January 25, 2013 at 11:41 PM
They couldn't have chosen a bigger tree? It will take years for it to bring the shade of the previous oak.
Tina Sweet January 27, 2013 at 04:35 AM
Thank you Natalie for following up on our beloved, historic tree issue that represented SO many of our lives growing up here in Arcadia. I'm relieved that trees/nature will continue to reside in that spot vs. them paving it over.
Natalie Ragus January 27, 2013 at 08:52 PM
No problem, Tina. That's what I'm here for!
R Terry February 06, 2013 at 10:49 PM
I used to live across the street. I remember when that entire lot and the one where McDonalds and those stores are, were all oak trees (plus the site of Foothills Jr. High). That one at Ralphs was the token tree left. I planted an oak in my mom's back yard that was maybe 8 inches tall and it took about 35 years to get 18 inches in diameter.

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