Judge puts removal of controversial tree in Longmont on hold

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LONGMONT, Colo. — A controversial tree in Longmont will continue standing, at least for now.

The city was going to cut it down next week, but a judge postponed the tree cutting indefinitely.

The big tree has become a big problem for neighbors because it produces cotton.

And a recent effort by neighbors has led the city to a decision to cut it down. City leaders cited two ordinances that deal with nuisance trees and cotton-producing trees.

The family said when they bought the tree from a local nursery in 1977, it was a male cottonwood that didn’t produce cotton.

But over time, as trees can do, it switched genders and became a female cottonwood that now produces cotton.