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Burbank camphor trees will stay, for now

March 09, 2012

Two camphor trees adjacent to the newly reconstructed Memorial Field that were slated for removal have gotten a reprieve.

The City Council this week postponed signing off on an agreement with the school district for their removal, meaning the trees will likely stay for the next year, city parks officials said.

Earlier this year, Burbank Unified School District officials warned that berries from the trees would stain the stadium’s artificial-turf surface and the track. Though the stains would not harm the structure, the discoloration would not be covered by any warranty, and district officials said there is little money to spend on extra maintenance.

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The trees shed their berries annually, mostly during December and January.

In an email, Deputy Parks Director Jan Bartolo said crew would apply a “fruit retardant” in an effort to stem the shedding and “see how they do over the next year.”

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