On June 1st, we had the burden of saying goodbye to a tree on the Boston Common after it became too stressed from damage caused by Dutch Elm Disease and a Root Graft Infection. Unfortunately we have to do it again tomorrow. On Thursday, June 7th a second tree will be removed from Boston’s parks, this time from the Boylston Street side of the Boston Public Garden, directly across from the main service access gates.
The large Belgium elm tree in the Public Garden was originally diagnosed with Dutch Elm Disease in 2011 with a row of several other trees. That year was a difficult one for trees in the public garden–three trees were removed in 2011 after the row was found to have Dutch Elm Disease. This incident was the first example of Dutch Elm Disease ever in the Boston Public Garden. Arborist Norm Hellie believes the disease is being spread through the roots of the trees, resulting in Root Graft Infections.
The remaining row of Belgium elms will continue to be monitored throughout the year. We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to our team of tree professionals and everyone at the Boston Parks & Recreation Department for dealing with this difficult decision to remove another tree in order to preserve the health of other trees in the area.