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Some Race Street Pier trees are losing leaves

    • This Race Street Pier tree has lost its leaves. Note the healthy leaves in the foreground
      This Race Street Pier tree has lost its leaves. Note the healthy leaves in the foreground
    • Another Race Street Pier tree with falling leaves. Its neighbors remain green.
      Another Race Street Pier tree with falling leaves. Its neighbors remain green.
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Some of the trees on the new Race Street Pier park are dropping leaves.

The majority of the 37 large, white swamp oak trees - surplus from those grown for the 9-11 memorial in New York City -seem to have snuggled nicely into their planters at the new park. Late Thursday morning, about half a dozen people were enjoying their shade.

But a few trees' leaves are turning brown and falling off.

“It seems that the high wind conditions are stressing them a bit,” Delaware River Waterfront Corporation Vice President for Operations and Development Joe Forkin said in an email. “We have been coordinating with the nursery to correct (the problem) and are following their recommendations,” he said.
Smaller trees were always part of the Race Street Pier plan, but when these ones, which are more than 20-feet tall, became available, DRWC launched a fund-raising effort to pay for them.
The trees are guaranteed, Forkin said, so the nursery will replace any that don't make it.

About the author

Kellie Patrick Gates, Waterfront, casinos, planning reporter

Kellie Patrick Gates writes about planning, neighborhood development and the Central Delaware Waterfront. A journalist for more than two decades, she  worked for daily newspapers in Central Pennsylvania, Upstate New York and South Florida before coming to Philadelphia in 2003 to write for the Inquirer. Her work has appeared on PlanPhilly since 2007, and she also writes Love, the Inquirer's weekly wedding column. A native of Elk County, Pa., Kellie lives with her husband, Gary, and their dog and two cats.

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