atommabfan wrote
on May 30th, 2012 at 08:57 am

The Trees of Copley Square

My daily commute takes me through the Copley Square area of Boston, and I frequently enjoy walking through the plaza, especially in the nice weather.

A few weeks ago, I noticed green signs posted on the London Plane trees in the plaza. The trees hadn't looked too healthy in a while, and according to the signs, they were all infected with a canker stain fungus and scheduled to be removed. The signs explained that the trees were dying and gave information about a public hearing to explain the situation and tell the residents of Boston the plans for tree removal and replacement.

As I walked through the plaza this morning, I noticed that the tree removal and planting of new trees had begun, and I took a few pictures.

This first picture shows the starkness of a tree stump in the foreground. The second and third picture show the dead trees piled upon a Boston Park Department flatbed truck.


The Stumps of Dying Trees in Copley Square The Stumps of Dying Trees in Copley Square Copyright ©2012 by Michael A. Burstein. All rights reserved.
Removed Trees on a Flatbed Truck in Copley Square Removed Trees on a Flatbed Truck in Copley Square Copyright ©2012 by Michael A. Burstein. All rights reserved.
Boston Park Department Truck in Copley Square Boston Park Department Truck in Copley Square Copyright ©2012 by Michael A. Burstein. All rights reserved.
As Some Trees Die,  Others Are Planted (Copley Square, Boston) As Some Trees Die, Others Are Planted (Copley Square, Boston) Copyright ©2012 by Michael A. Burstein. All rights reserved.



I like that last picture, above. I'm not a professional photographer, but I was trying to capture the image of a newly planted tree in the foreground with the truck piled with the removed trees in the background.

Can anyone identify that new tree? According the Boston Globe, the old trees are being replaced with 12 red maples, four ginkgo biloba trees, and four seedless sweet gums. As a city guy, I'm not up on my ability to identify trees.

More information on the tree removal and replacement, from the Boston Globe's Boston.com website:
20 diseased trees to be removed, replaced in Copley Square (May 10, 2012)
Ailing Copley Square trees to be removed (May 11, 2012)
Boston begins cutting 20 diseased trees at Copley Square (May 16, 2012)

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