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January 2017

Butterfield Complex – 1-10-17

On the West side of Butterfield C we will be pruning, and removing, a number of trees.  All of these removals are due to either structure clearance or failing health.  Many of the trees are too close to the building, this creates many risks, including limbs or entire trees falling onto the building.

Butterfield1 Butterfield2 Butterfield3 Butterfield4

October 2016

CFA – Ash Trees (4)

In the main courtyard at the CFA, we have to remove 4 Ash Trees.  These 4 have been in decline for several years.  Recently a large branch fell across the sidewalk, and so 4 Trees will have to be removed.

10-13-16 - CFA - 4 Ash - 1 10-13-16 - CFA - 4 Ash - 2 10-13-16 - CFA - 4 Ash - 3


CFA – Beech Tree

This tree, on the North side of World Music, has dropped some large branches recently.  Much of the dead wood was pruned out for safety, and not much of the tree remains.  Unfortunately this tree will have to be removed.

10-13-16 - CFA - Beech 1



Foss Hill – Red Maple

This tree was recently planted on Foss Hill.  As shown in a previous post, we had to remove a large Oak that was struck by lightning on 8/11/16.  Stonehedge Landscaping provided this beautiful tree free of charge!

Foss Maple - 2 Foss Maple - 3 Foss Maple - 4 Foss Maple - 5

I know this Blog’s purpose is to inform the community about tree removals but I couldn’t help sharing how much work we have done recently to restore our tree and shrub population.  Please click on the link below to see an image that shows everything we have planted since 2014.  Almost 200 plants!


Tree Planting History – 9-6-16

August/September 2016

August/September 2016

300 High St. – Unfortunately the large Beech tree at 300 High St will have to come down.  The tree is in severe decline and recently lost a large limb above the sidewalk.  There is a lot of deadwood in the tree and the proximity to the building and the sidewalk is concerning.

9-19-16 Beech at 300 High1 9-19-16 Beech at 300 High2


22 Woodman – The maple tree shown below was badly damaged in the August 11 storm.  What is remaining will have to be removed.

9-6-16 22 Woodman 1


41/43 & 47 Brainerd – There were several trees in the adjoining backyards that were badly damaged by the August 11 storm.  What is remaining will have to be removed.

9-6-16 41 Brained2 9-6-16 41 Brainerd1


Foss Hill – One of the largest Oak Trees on our campus was struck by lightning in the August 11 storm.  For safety reasons this tree will have to be removed.

9-6-16 Foss Oak29-6-16 Foss Oak1


Davidson Arts Center – A large Birch Tree in the NE corner of the South side patio will have to be removed.  There is significant rot at the base of the tree.  The risk of collapsing on the building is too high to leave the tree standing.  We had hoped to just do an extensive prune, unfortunately not much of the tree would remain.  Sadly, this tree will have to be removed.

9-6-16 DAC Birch whole tree1 9-6-16 DAC Birch1 9-6-16 DAC Birch2


77 Home – As you can see the tree dropped some limbs in the August 11 storm.  Much of the remaining tree has to be removed for building clearance.  This would leave very little left and so the tree has to be removed.

9-6-16 77 Home1


330 High Street – Unfortunately we have lost another Elm to what appears to be Dutch Elm Disease.  This is a very large tree, with very large limbs.  This tree has to be removed.

9-6-16 Elm 330 High1


On August 11 Wesleyan had an extreme thunderstorm that dropped over 5″ of rain in under two hours.  Alongside the rain was an extravagant display of lightning.  All of this adds up to some serious damage to our tree population.  Due to the nature of the storm, I was unable to make a posting for all the removals.  In lieu of that posting, please see below some of the images of what the storm left behind.

Birch Cross St Birch Cross St2 Birch Freeman Cross St Limb Maple Fountain Ave Maple Pine St Pine Cady Pine Washington St Sky Morning After

Starting in the Spring of 2016, Wesleyan will be installing a solar field south of the Cady Building on Long Lane.  In order to install the solar field, and maximize its functionality, approximately 35 trees will have to be removed.  As you can tell from the photos below, many of the trees are already in serious decline.

SA 1 SA 2 SA 3 SA 4 SA 5

December 2015

300 High St. – Cedar

This tree was split almost to the ground and had to be removed for safety reasons.

1-5-16 Cedar 300 High


269 High St – Maple

This tree showed severe rot on the side closest to the house.  Over its life the tree had lost many limbs and its main leader.  Most of the remaining tree was hanging over the house.  We lost a similarly aged maple in the same location, in a storm last spring.  All of these factors dictated that the tree be removed before it fell, likely onto the house.

1-5-16 Maple Pres House


May/June 2015

CFA – 1 Ash

6-1-15 CFA Ash 1 6-1-15 CFA Ash2 6-1-15 CFA Ash3

During a powerful storm on 5/19/15, a large branch fell on CFA-F, Music Studios (picture #1).  After further investigation the tree appeared rotted/hollow, and there was a visible crack from the location of the break, to the base of the tree.  It was decided that the tree needed to be removed ASAP.  As seen in the 2nd and 3rd photos, the tree was extremely hollow.  It was lucky that only one branch fell during the storm.


The President’s House – 1 Maple

6-1-15 Pres House Maple 1 6-1-15 Pres House Maple 2

During the same storm as above, a Maple was blown over next to the driveway at the President’s House.  As you can see in the first photo, the base of this tree was extremely rotted/hollow as well.


Davidson Health Center – 1 Maple

6-1-15 Health Center - Maple

During the same storm as above, a large limb was knocked off a tree on the south side of the Davidson Health Center.  The lost limb caused too much damage, and so the rest of the tree had to be removed.


95 Pearl St – 3 Ash Trees

before 3

We will be installing a new patio space at this location.  The purpose of this patio is to create an outdoor learning and gathering space.  Currently the area has some serious drainage issues.  Due to this there will be a significant amount of grading and drainage work during the project, this work will damage these trees beyond repair.


Foss Hill – 2 Weeping Cherries

6-1-15 Foss Hill Wheeping Cherries

Many of the sidewalks on Foss Hill need to be replaced.  We will be starting a project to address these needs.  The 2 Weeping Cherries are already in a stressed state and the new sidewalk will severely damage the root system of the trees.  These trees need to be removed.



January 2015

1-13-15 - 318 High - White Pines - 1

318 High Street – White Pine (2)

These two White Pines are creating safety issues on the sidewalk below, and must be removed.

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116 Mt. Vernon – Larch

This Larch must be removed for construction reasons.  Due to the installation of a ADA ramp a portion of the trunk has been buried, which will kill the tree.

1-13-15 - 116 Mt. Vernon - Hemlocks

116 Mt. Vernon – Hemlock (2)

The two Hemlocks in this photo are infected with Woolly Adelgid, which have claimed many Hemlocks at this location.

1-13-15 - Malcom X - Maple - 1

Malcom X House – Maple

This tree is dying and must be removed.  Several limbs have fallen including a large one seen hanging in this photo.










Tree Take Downs 10-2013

Dead dogwood at 135 Mt Vernon

Dead dogwood at 135 Mt Vernon

Dying hemlock at “M” building CFA

Dying hemlock at “M” building in CFA



Apple tree at 125 Mt Vernon




Birch twin at 202 Washington St










Ash at327 High St






Beech at Foss One


Another beech at Foss One


Dead birch at 170 Long Lane


Hemlock at 202 Washington St driveway


Dead hemlock at 125 Mt Vernon south side


Dying maple in northeast corner of “E” lot on Wyllys Ave


Dying maple at the Daycare at 115 High St


Dying maple at 220 Cross St


Dead maple at Washington Terrace and Wilderman’s Way


Dying maple at the southwest corner of “E” lot on Wyllys Ave


Dead tree between the driveways at 116 and 130 Mt Vernon St


Dead maple at the cemetery on Foss Hill Dr


Dead trees at the rugby field at 170 Long Lane


Three dead hemlocks at 230 Washington St


Dead magnolia at “T” lot on Washington Terrace

Hemlock at 19 Vine  001

Dead hemlock in the back yard of 19 Vine St


Three dead/dying hemlocks in the back yard of 116 Mt Vernon


Hemlock grove in back of 125 Mt Vernon St


Dead hemlock twin near driveway at 116 Mt Vernon


Dead sycamore at B-10 Low Rise on William St

Maple behind 160 Cross St 001

Dangerous maple in back of 160 Cross St


Dying maple at the end of Wyllys Ave


Dead maple at the parking lot of 256 Washington St


Dead maple at the corner of the parking lot at 256 Washington St

Spruce at 146 High St

Spruce causing mold at 146 High St

Spruce at 156 High St

Spruce causing roofing problems at 156 High St

Spruce at CFA Theater

Spruce causing roofing and water problems at the main theater in CFA

World Music Red Maple

Dead japanese red maple at World Music Hall on Wyllys Ave


Dead Beechs At Foss One


Dead Beech At Foss One

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