91-Year Old Woman Wins Fight Against City to Keep Tree

The Brazilian pepper tree was planted nearly 60 years ago.

A 91-year old woman in Allied Gardens will not have to say goodbye to a beloved memory of her late husband.

Marie Ostwald won the fight against the City of San Diego to keep a tree she planted nearly 60 years ago with her husband. The Brazilian pepper tree will be named as a Heritage Tree, protecting it from being cut down.

In early May, City crews came out to inspect a sidewalk near Ostwald’s home and after examining the area, they learned they would have to cut down the tree to make the necessary repairs.

Mayor Kevin Faulconer visited Ostwald on Mother’s Day and announced that the City would not remove the tree.

Now, it will be protected as a heritage tree.

"The City needs to do minor pruning because it's hanging over the street, which we are fine with,” Ostwald’s attorney Cory Briggs said.

Briggs says they had sued the City but once they get “full confirmation” that the tree will not be removed, the lawsuit will be dismissed.

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