I went out this morning hoping to get a good shot of the tree rings, so to date this American Elm. I brought a bottle of water with me to make the rings more visible. I was thinking to come back with sandpaper to make the surface smooth if needed. But alas they had ground the stump away already. I have a shot of a cross-section of the trunk from last Saturday, but I don’t think it will be adequate for reading the rings. They will not be planting another tree here for fear of damaging the roots of the Krishna Tree.
This London Planetree on East 10th Street near Avenue B has looked in bad shape for years, with that long wound along its trunk. It is no surprise that the arborists decided to take it down. But still it is sad to see it go.
The stump a few days later when they removed the trunk.
I’m not saying that the Con Ed steam pipes killed this tree, but they do make it hard for any new tree planted along the curb to survive their first few years. The block is dotted with sad muddy patches of past failures to thrive. Con Ed cut this hole open the other day for repairs and I got a glimpse of what was beneath the pavement.