Sadly Saying Goodbye to Another Tree

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.

One thought on “Sadly Saying Goodbye to Another Tree

  1. Marilyn D'Angelo

    I just saw your website for the first time and was touched by your sentiment toward the ailing trees. From the moment I entered the Public Gardens for the first time, I felt the magic of this special place. Though I live in New York, I think of it often and it is always the first place I visit when I go to Boston. I was just there 2 weeks ago and was thrilled to see (and smell) the Japanese lilac tree in bloom! It is an extraordinary place. Thank you for caring for it.

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