Ficus Nitida - damaged
I had a beautiful 30' Nitida Ficus in my front yard. I believe the out of state landlord who owns the house next to mine hired someone to "trim" the tree. Whoever attacked my tree cut it in half across the width of the tree; not on the sides where a tree would normally be trimmed. My tree was beautiful and full of some sort of tiny birds that sing all the time. My husband said there may have been hundreds of birds nesting in our tree. This tree was 9' tall when we bought the house. I need an approximate value for the tree. I do not know how to value a full grown tree. I can't find pricing for a small, immature ficus much less for one as tall as mine. Any suggestions of how to estimate value would be greatly appreciated. I have hired an arborist to care for it but he won't give me an estimate of it's worth. Is that strange or normal for an arborist? maybe I need a different arborist?