Since the Liguoris bought the house, at 4538 Greystone Ave., in 1993, the sugar gum has been a beloved part of the community. On weekends Mr. Liguori still sees people gathered at the edge of his property, peering over the hedges to get a better look.
The grand sugar gum rises through a circular hole on the rear side of the house’s slanted roof, brushing past a bedroom window and towering above the cul-desac below. From certain angles, it looks as though the house has the tree held hostage; from others, it’s clear the tree is in command.
Some people will do anything to save a tree