Fighting the rot

Our Silver Maple is gone. I was at work, but JB was home to document its departure.

The previous owners of our home renovated the house in order to sell it after their father had died. During the winter of that renovation, some street people had broken in and built a small fire on the second floor in order to keep warm. The obvious fire occurred. The house was saved and renovated yet again (in fact a lovely two-story open atrium as a solution to the burnt floor), but the Silver Maple outside was badly burnt.

We have since learned that the Silver Maple has very thin bark and being burnt often aggravates its tendency to rot. That happened about 23 years ago and the silver maple has struggled valiantly since then to survive. Large, heavy branches have fallen, once smashing a neighbor’s truck, and once piercing another neighbor’s roof after storms and high winds. Cascading branches have smashed pickets around the garden. We still have a large fallen branch in the front garden, gently and safely rotting, which is fully covered by ivy and disappeared by ferns in the summer. We have watched, through the upstair windows, a peregrine falcon eating a pigeon in its branches and watched baby squirrels scurry inside hollowed out parts of the trunk. We will count the rings in its stump this weekend.

23 years is quite a long time to fight the rot.

JB sent me this email today:

OUR EAST GARDEN TREE OF 22 YEARS  WITH US
HAS PASSED ON
HAVING WEATHERED
A LONG AGE
CHICAGO’S CLIMATE
A  HOLLOWING OUT
FROM DISEASE
ON
THIS DATE
THIS SILVER MAPLE
WITH THE AID
OF LOGGER SAWS
AFTER
BEING TRIMMED
AND
PREPPED
CRASHED
TO
THE
STREET
WITH
A
RESOUNDING
FAREWELL

IT CARRIED OUR LOVE WITH IT

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4 Responses to Fighting the rot

  1. JEROME BLOOM says:

    AS

    OTHERS

    HAVE SAID

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    THANKS TO THE MAPLE

    AND TO THE

    MANY

    MAPLE SEEDS

    THAT HAVE

    SPIRALED

    DOWN

    TO START

    OVER

    AGAIN

  2. Anonymous says:

    My condolences. I have always been sad when trees have had to go on their way.

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