Trees are generally pretty. They have nice leaves, some of them have flowers, and they tend to provide excellent shade. Animals use the trees for their homes and the trees also provide a lot of food for us. They’re nice to look at and they clean the air around us. All trees were not created equal, however. Some of the lovely trees leave behind a massive mess with falling berries or thousands of petals that flutter all over the place. There’s one area that is happy their messy trees are going to be dealt with:

Coronado’s streets and backyards are among some of the lushest in the county, but there’s now a plan in place to cut down hundreds of trees that could pose a threat to residents and infrastructure.

The City Council and the majority of the locals are on board with the plan.

They’re the wispy weeping willow looking trees, with a fern like leaf and bunches of hanging red berries that have to go.

“We’ll probably get rid of 30-40 trees in the next six months,” Clifford Maurer said, who is the Director of Public Services and Engineering for the City of Coronado.

Thousands of California and Brazilian Pepper Trees were planted in Coronado in the 1930’s. They’re cheap, grow fast and produce a lot of shade; but now, the 900 aging pepper trees that remain could be dangerous and a powerful storm could bring dozens of them down at once.

“We’re looking ahead and managing as opposed to reacting to it,” Maurer said.

The City Council voted to cut down hundreds of the trees in coming years.

“We won’t do all 900, maybe 600 or 700. There will still be pepper trees around here for a while!” Maurer added with a smile.

‘That’s a good start. Hopefully ours are part of it,” David Warren said, who lives in Coronado.

Neighbors aren’t crying foul because the pepper trees are not only old, they’re messy and their roots are aggressive. “They come out and go across and raise up,” Warren said.

Warren has lived in Coronado for years and says his friends and family have tripped over the roots time and time again. They can also interfere with sidewalks and break pipes and the red berries that litter the street can be corrosive to car paint.

“That’s one reason my car is parked across the street, you would have to wash it every week if you park under the thing,” he said.


It’s an instance where the residents and the city are actually happy together about the idea of trees being removed. No protests required! If you’ve recently cut down one of these mess-makers yourself, don’t forget about stump removal! Leaving the stump behind is just asking for the tree to come back. Not to worry though, we can help you with that: You can rest easy knowing that the city is on your side. They also don’t like having to wash the streets all the time and the energy for the constant clean up can now be directed to somewhere else. Sounds like a win-win!