The bolt that stumped it all
The most prominent weather event leading to its deterioration over the years was a 2017 thunderstorm, which sent an electric wave through the Hoop Pine’s trunk.
Horticulturist at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, Scott Jones, said when the tree was struck by lightning it caused damage to the upper canopy, a natural occurence for trees due to their height.
Curator Manager at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, David Laughlin, said after the tree is cut down with a 90-tonne crane on Thursday the 19th of August, a new Araucaria cunninghamii will be planted in the same spot with its scale-like horizontal hoops and cone shaped structure.
"We would like to replace like-for-like and plant another Hoop Pine, since they were originally used as marker trees. However, keep in mind that it can take at least 60 years of growth for the new tree to reach the same height as the original Hoop Pine" Mr Laughlin said.