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It is the beginning of a new era for the evergreen tree that shines brightly on the Village Green during the holidays. A new Serbian spruce has been planted and will take over the holiday tree duties from a struggling blue spruce, which has been in decline for the past few years.
The blue spruce that had been on the southeast Village Green was suffering from Rhizosphaeara needle cast, one of the most common fungal diseases of the blue spruce. As you can see from the pictures below, the tree’s lower and inner branches lost their needles and turned brown and brittle. It was no longer strong enough to hang the lights and ornaments on its thinning branches. The blue spruce was removed the morning of Thursday, October 22, chipped and recycled. It has served as the centerpiece for the Worthington community tree lighting each season since 2005, when it was donated by York Golf Club.
The new Serbian spruce was installed on Tuesday, November 3rd. It is approximately 20 feet tall at the time of planting but could grow to 60 feet. The Serbian spruce is a hearty variety, which is more resistant to disease. It was planted in the same location as the blue spruce with the assistance of Davey Tree. Crews used a large spade to scoop out the entire old stump before planting the new tree. It will be ready for lighting this holiday season. Scroll down to see photos and video of the old tree being removed, and the new tree being planted.
Although the COVID-19 pandemic is causing organizers to reimagine the traditional Holiday Open House and Tree Lighting Ceremony, the celebration will continue on Sunday, November 29th with some adjustments to keep everyone safe and prevent the spread of the virus. See event details here.