Rochester Street's cottonwood was cut down — and unexpectedly healthy

By Tom Spears, Ottawa Citizen, April 11, 2018

All that’s left of LeBreton’s biggest tree is a stump. But what a stump.

The cutting of the 110-foot-tall cottonwood on Rochester Street, estimated at 115 years old, began Tuesday. And by Wednesday morning all that was left was the enormous base, and a single massive branch rising from it where there used to be four or five others just like it.

The chainsaw was working intermittently, as it took time to lower the enormous sections of the branches down to a waiting truck.

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