Twenty-one years after planting an unidentifiable sapling, a Glendale resident is looking to give away the now 40-foot palm tree.
“Anybody that comes and digs it out and hauls it, they’ve got it,” said Ed Genshock, who has lived in the 400 block of Maple Street since 1990.
The tree is rooted along Genshock’s property line between the house and a neighbor’s driveway. It has grown so large that it is now overwhelming an adjacent chain-link fence and cement parking pad.
“It is protruding in my neighbor’s driveway and they park their cars there, and a lot of sap is dripping on their cars,” Genshock said. “It is not good.”
A city ordinance does protect trees indigenous to Glendale, including species of oak, Western sycamore and California bay. Residents who wish to remove those species must submit a permit application justifying the reason.
Palm trees are not on the list, said Neighborhood Services Administrator Sam Engel, meaning Genshock’s tree can be removed without a tree removal permit. But if removing the tree requires street space to station heavy equipment, a permit would need to be pulled, he added.
“As long as they are not using the street, no permit would be required for this,” Engel said.
Rebecca Latta, an arborist who consults with municipalities throughout Los Angeles County, said the cost of moving a tree depends on its size, and the complexity of the location. Palms are typically relocated only if they are a rare, slow-growing variety such as a Guadalupe palm, she said.
“Relocation takes a crane,” Latta said. “It is a very big deal to move a tree like that. There is quite a lot of weight involved.”
Genshock wasn’t even sure what he was planting when he stuck the palm into the ground more than two decades ago.
“There were some little saplings growing there,” Genshock said. “I really didn’t know what they were, but I planted one anyway and it turned out to be that big monster.”
He has advertised the tree several times in the Penny Saver to no avail, he said.