The Eucalyptus cladocalyx was planted 100 years ago at the Encinitas Quail botanical garden. It had to be euthanized last year because it was leaning and posing a emminent threat to visitors, officials said.
Artist Erwin Young “Mitch” Mitchell IV took the 30-foot stump and transformed it into a replica of a baobab tree. He expects to be finished this week.
"The Garden is a wonderful place, not only to visit, but to create such a great endeavor there is fantastic - I appreciate the opportunity," said Mitchell. "It is the first time I have ever changed a tree into another tree. I hope I do the Baobab justice."
Mitchell recently completed the "Hodgee Monster" at Lake Hodges, also sculpted from a deceased Eucalyptus tree.
The dedication of the baobob tree is to Bill Teague, a man who left tarces of his green thumb all over North County San Diego. To read Bill's obituary, click here