Town Allows Old Shade Trees on South Water Street to Come Down

One sycamore maple and three Siberian elms will be replaced as part of an Edgartown house renovation. The elms are 50 feet tall but at the end of their life, an arborist said.

Black Cherry Blooms in Abundance

Walk along the edge of a meadow, the perimeter of a farm, or into a clearing in a deciduous forest on Martha’s Vineyard, and one plant you can almost count on finding is the black cherry tree. The black cherry, or Prunus serotina, is native to the Island and a vitally important source of food and shelter for a remarkable number of animals.

Judge Dismisses Dispute Over Shade Tree in Edgartown's Historic Downtown

A superior court case revolving around an old Linden tree on Main street Edgartown was dismissed Tuesday. But after the dust had settled, both sides in the case agreed to go to work on the issue that reaches beyond a legal dispute over tree roots — the need to restore the decrepit building known as the Yellow House which sits in the center of the village.

Dispute Over View at Tashmoo Overlook Could Be Getting Clearer

A long-running dispute between the town of Tisbury and a pair of private landowners over maintaining views across the Tashmoo Overlook is closer to being resolved, the town selectmen said this week. At their meeting Tuesday the Tisbury selectmen worked to finalize wording on a memorandum of understanding between the town and the Payette family.

The Gall of Wasps

It was truly a tree-mendous mystery.

Troubled trees that have been found throughout the Cape and Islands over the last few years have only recently been diagnosed.

The symptoms are cause for great concern. Some of our native and ubiquitous black oaks are not fully leafing out, leafed-out trees are sporting brown foliage in the summer, and twigs are appearing swollen with small pin-sized holes — all reasons to sound the alarm.

Tree Talk and Trek

If trees could talk what story would they tell? Tom Clark, curator at Polly Hill Arboretum, knows better than most.

On Tuesday, June 11, he will lead a walking tour and share stories about the trees of the arboretum. Meet at 10 a.m. at the arboretum, 809 State Road in West Tisbury, for an hour-long trek. Cost is $5 or free for Polly Hill members.

Magnolia Magic

Magnolia trees would do well to befriend beetles but leave bees behind.

Why should magnolias favor one insect over the other? It’s a question of co-evolution. Bees were not around when magnolias first developed. In fact, they are Johnny-come-latelies, evolutionarily speaking.

Beetles beat out the bees in the history books because beetles evolved simultaneously with flowering plants. This evolution occurred many millions of years ago, taking place earlier than the development of their buzzing brethren. 

Selectmen Deny Library Tree Removal Request

The West Tisbury selectmen this week denied a request to remove more trees to accommodate construction of the new West Tisbury library and adjacent parking lot. Building committee chairman Linda Hearn told the selectmen Wednesday that her group recently learned from NStar that the company needs to build an underground electrical vault near the road. Three additional trees need to be removed to make way for the vault, Mrs. Hearn said. “I have to say I find this totally unacceptable. We went through an agonizing process,” selectman and board chairman Richard Knabel said.

New Effort Aims to Restore Once Prevalent Atlantic White Cedars

Tucked among the red cedars, black oaks and white oaks at Cedar Tree Neck Sanctuary stand six Atlantic white cedars, barely two feet tall.

Last year Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation planted 12 of these cedars at the sanctuary as part of a restoration project; the tree is said to be native to the Vineyard, according to executive director Adam Moore.

At Least Two Trees Will Fall for West Tisbury Library Restoration

As ground breaking nears for construction of the new West Tisbury library, the town selectmen this week reviewed a tree-cutting plan to accommodate the larger design.

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