The Big Old Elm of Boston.
The stately, diseased elm (above) on Marlborough Street in the Back Bay, planted in the 1880s, was cut down last week. At right, in a photo taken in the 1870s, elm saplings are seen in front of a home on Marlborough Street.Margaret Pokorny (above) was one of many local residents who raised funds to help keep the tree alive. At left, the larger branches of the tree were hauled away for reuse. Below left, a mail carrier walked along Marlborough Street just a short time after the tree was felled. At bottom, a thank you note to friends, signed by BOE — Big Old Elm. (Boston AthenaeumKEITH BEDFORD/GLOBE STAFFKeith Bedford/Globe Staff)
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The Big Old Elm of Boston. An elm tree that stood for 137 Years. Became victim to the Dutch Elm Disease. Dutch Elm Disease(DED) is cause by a memore of the Sac Fungi (Ascomycota) and is spread by the Elm Bark Beetles.
The origins of the Dutch Elm Disease – It is believed that the Dutch Elm Disease originally came from the Himalayas. It traveled to Europe from the Dutch east Indies in the Late 1800’s. Then in the 1930’s it presented itself in the North America, Transported by wooden creates made from the Infected elm wood. Which was from not properly processing the wood. We now know that drying the wood in an Kiln and heating it to 140 degrees, will kill the Beetles as well as Fungi.