Leaning Digger Pine
In the southwest corner Granite Bay Golf Club there are, or at least there used to be, a couple of 60 foot high Digger Pines (pinus sabiniana). One of these pines in particular is leaning towards Roseville Parkway and if it did fall with all of the wet weather we have been having it, would fall across Roseville Parkway and I don't need to tell you what kind of problems that could cause.
|The two questionable Digger Pines in relation to the|
saturated slope & Roseville Parkway
|The west side slope|
|Another angle depicting the lean towards Roseville Parkway|
Digger Pines do put down a tap root to draw water from deep in the soil which is why they survive in our dry climate. This tap root, along with conducting water for the trees survival, stabilizes the pine tree and is likely what has kept these trees from falling over years ago. However the soil on the west side of these trees was cut years ago during the construction of Roseville Parkway I suspect and with the recent rains softening the soil around the trees base a consulting arborist recommended their removal.
A little fun fact in closing. Some strict egalitarian's take offense at the common name for Pinus Sabiniana, Digger Pine. That was because the name Digger came from the "Digger Indians," which was a contemptuous name given by white settlers to the Maidu and other Native Americans who occupied this land first, and who spent a lot of time digging for roots. So there you go.