Oldest trees on Boston Common

The number of people traversing the Boston Common, Public Garden and Commonwealth Avenue Mall may lighten up in winter months, but it is a busy season when it comes to Friends tree care projects, and is a particularly good time for pruning. Crews have been busy over the past few weeks pruning trees, work that will continue throughout winter and into spring. We were getting ready to update everyone on the pruning of the historic elms located at the Shaw Memorial on Boston Common when we came across a wonderful blog post by Deborah Howe. We wanted to share it with you.

Taking Place In The Trees

A few weeks ago I was on Beacon Hill to run an errand, and snapped a quick shot of the Shaw Memorial elms in the rain:

RS cropped Shaw Elms Looking across Beacon Street to the Shaw Memorial; the two elms flanking the memorial are being managed to retain their trunks’ stability.

It was a soggy, cold day, and I was fast getting soaked, so I didn’t cast around for a better shot.  These elms have been standing on Boston Common, across from the Massachusetts State House, for centuries now.  This State House (for a long time known as the “New State House”, so as not to confuse it with the original State House on Court Street) was built between 1795 and 1798; the elms date at least to that time, if not to a couple of decades before then.

Elms are a fast growing tree, and before the onslaught of elm bark beetles…

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