Randall Benton / rbenton@sacbee.com

The massive camphor tree planted in 1886 at 18th Street and Capitol Avenue must be taken down Wednesday, so neighborhood groups and restaurants will say goodbye Tuesday from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Sacramento landmark camphor tree's farewell set for Tuesday

Published: Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 2B
Last Modified: Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012 - 8:47 am

A ceremony has been planned for Tuesday to honor the landmark camphor tree at 18th Street and Capitol Avenue in midtown that is scheduled to be cut down this week.

The event was organized by neighborhood groups and restaurants near the large tree, which was planted in 1886 but is infested with a fungal disease called verticillium wilt. City arborists said the tree cannot be saved and will be taken down Wednesday.

The Handle District neighborhood organization, Midtown Business Association, and Paesano's and Mangia restaurants are hosting the ceremony from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on the patio at Paesano's, 1806 Capitol Ave.

The groups are suggesting $10 donations to help fund the Sacramento Tree Foundation's urban tree rescue program.

As part of that program, wood from the camphor will be given to local woodworkers.

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