• The great American elm in Killian Court survived Dutch elm disease, but has died and will be removed in late March.

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Tree survives Dutch elm disease, but succumbs

Bartlett Tree Experts will begin removing the great American elm in Killian Court next week, because arborists recently determined that it has reached its life expectancy and died, the Department of Facilities announced.

Due to the size of the tree, it will take several days to remove the branches, trunk and roots. Occupants of the nearby buildings and passersby should be aware that there will be noise associated with the removal.

There are very few great elms left in New England due to Dutch elm disease. Although this elm has died, it does not show signs of Dutch elm disease. A large, red oak tree will be planted in late April to replace the tree, the facilities announcement said.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on March 22, 2006 (download PDF).

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