This past fall, one of the trees in the Boston Common was confirmed with Dutch Elm Disease after tests were administered in a lab. The tree received several different treatments in an attempt to slow the spread of the infection between the fall and Memorial Day weekend, including injections of fungicides and insecticides. During Memorial Day weekend, the tree continued to show signs of stress due to Dutch Elm Disease combined with Root Graft Infection.
The Friends of the Public Garden’s arborist, Norm Hellie of the Growing Tree, has expressed concern over this particular tree for a long time. In the summer of 2007, the tree was in a row of three other trees infected with Dutch Elm Disease that eventually had to be removed. This group was located along the northeastern edge of the Parade Grounds in the Boston Common, by the children’s carousel.
On Friday, June 1st, the tree will be removed from the Common. We would like to say thank you to our team of professionals and everyone at the Boston Parks & Recreation Department for dealing with this situation and making the very difficult call that the tree must be removed. We will miss it, but there are many healthy, wonderful trees to enjoy in the Boston Common this summer!