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Urban Forestry Associates, INC
ANSWER: This is a topic on which we see a distinct polarity in the general public. Many people see a large, old tree as something dangerous that will crush them in their sleep (too big not to fail). There is another subset of the population that believes, and likes to try to convince us, that the older a tree gets, the less likely it is to fail. Neither idea is categorically correct or incorrect. As mentioned above, there are many factors that contribute to the growth rate of a tree. For the most part, the true likelihood of tree failure can only be evaluated on a case by case basis, and often has little to do with the age of the tree.