Dothichiza canker - Some poplars on the Clock Tower and Jacques-Cartier Quays need to be removed

    MONTREAL, Nov. 22 /CNW Telbec/ - The Old Port of Montréal Corporation
must cut down, this fall, about 80 poplar trees on the Clock Tower and
Jacques-Cartier Quays because of poor health. All of the trees will be
replaced next spring by more resilient poplars, at least 10 feet tall, to
maintain the site's ambiance and elegance.
    The trees to be felled, fastigiated poplars of the Populus canadensis (*)
"Eugeni" cultivar, were planted in 1992. They currently present characteristic
symptoms of dothichiza canker, the most common and destructive canker
affecting poplars. According to an expert report commissioned by the
Corporation, over half the trees in the row are either dead or in a wasting
state. Those trees that remain green are showing signs of the presence of
dothichiza canker, meaning it is only a matter of time before they will
experience wasting and decline in their turn, given their proximity to the
other afflicted trees.
    The Old Port of Montréal Corporation will transplant new poplar trees
next spring. The selected variety is the Thevestina poplar, which is not only
less sensitive to the disease but also longer-lived, fast-growing and well
adapted to urban conditions.
    Also next spring, the Corporation will implement a preventive
arboricultural maintenance program including, among other measures,
inspections by a forestry engineer every two years, protection of roots
against freezing, and more frequent watering in the fall and during dry

For further information:

For further information: Catherine Giroux, Press Relations Coordinator,
(514) 283-8085; Source: Old Port of Montréal Corporation

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