Storm topples famous Torrey Pines cypress

Thursday, December 10, 2009

SAN DIEGO – A storm knocked down a cypress tree on the North Course at Torrey Pines that was one of the city's most photographed trees.

The cypress was located behind the downhill, par-3 sixth hole that offers a stunning view of the ocean. Its trunk was snapped near its base Tuesday morning, one of 18 trees lost on the North and South courses at Torrey Pines.

City golf manager Jon Maddern says the wind reached 58 mph during the storm.

Maddern says arborists will determine how to treat the tree, estimated to b e 40 feet. The damage begins about 12 feet from the base.

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