The pecan tree, “Flo,” which has a fungal infection, will no longer be honored in a ceremony on Sept. 13 or removed on Sept. 14 as PARD officials review “additional considerations,” according to a news release.
“Austin Parks and Recreation values input from the public regarding concerns about removal, and the department is pausing to consider communications from the community," a PARD spokesperson said.
“Flo” was diagnosed with brittle cinder fungus on Aug. 15, which can cause wood decay and lead to a collapse of the tree.
Four different arborists recommended the city remove the tree due safety concerns and a lack of ability to control the infection, according to the news release.
Community members are encouraged to send stories, photos and memories of the tree to [email protected].
For more information on “Flo,” visit www.austintexas.gov/page/barton-springs-pool-tree-updates.