|Photo credit Joseph O'Brien/USDA Forest Service|
Two survivors of the epidemic of Dutch elm disease--and so far resisting elm yellows--are in the community garden at Columbia and Second streets, both in the part of the garden that will continue as a garden. One of them--the larger one--has been identified as a particularly good example of healthy survivor.
|Photo credit Timothy O'Connor|
There's a downside though. Small clippings from the tree would have to be taken at the beginning of March, when the tree is starting to bud, and submitted to the program. The problem is that trimming the tree at this point would cause the tree to emit a scent that could attract the elm bark beetle that carries the fungus that causes Dutch elm disease. Given the risk, no decision has been made on whether or not to pursue the idea of cloning the tree.
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