We got the news today, oh boy – our elm tree is dying of Dutch Elm Disease. As Master Gardeners we thought that was the case, but wanted to get some expert opinions. We met with two different arborists this week and they both came to the same conclusion – she needs to come down. They say it’s too late to save her. Before telling you more about her, I wanted to post this beloved poem to her.
She suffered quite a bit of damage in the 2009 Ice Storm, but she seemed like she was going to be fine.
That’s her trunk on the left.
This spring we decided that we wanted a larger shade garden and planned to include her.
Below Dave is marking the area right in front of her where we have planted azaleas.
On that warm day in April she was fine. But then a little over a week ago we noticed that her leaves were falling on the deck. Looking up we saw she was almost 50% dead.
This is how she looks now.
All of the branches over the porch are dead and the left side of the tree. There is evidence that the “good” half of the tree is also infected. You can see that we are still working on the shade garden.
This tree, from what we’ve been told, is at least 100 years old.
Now we’re getting estimates on funeral arrangements. It’s a sad day here at Happy Acres.
Hi, Linda It’s almost a miracle that your tree survived this long (not that this helps you feel any less sad right now). Most of America’s elms by far were wiped out decades ago. If you want a beautiful book about American elms, get “The Republic of Shade” by Campanella. The history is well-researched, and the story will break your heart. I’m glad Ken and I got to see your tree one more time a few weeks ago. I’ll miss her, too.
Oh no, she’s a beautiful tree 🙁 How sad, after such a long life!
Barb, Yep, it’s been sad around here. Our concern now is for the other elm tree which is next to the Mulberry. It looks fine but we’ll need to start treating it so it continues to thrive. Thanks for the book recommendation. I’ll check it out.
Kristina, Before we moved here three years ago, we were told that the school down the road brought their classes out to see our tree since it was such an old beautiful tree. They never contacted us to come as I would have loved for the kids to see it.