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On Tuesday, June 29, Dennis Panu Arborists removed an eighty-foot white pine from the Roseland landscape. An evaluation of the trees on the property in 2009 identified this pine as being “at risk” for significant damage during a storm. Due to its size, the growth pattern which involved “included bark” – a condition that imparts some inherent weakness to the tree – and its location near Roseland Cottage, it was decided to remove the tree safely. Not only does removal of the tree help the house, the neighboring trees in the pine grove on the North Lawn of the property will benefit from more light and they will continue to grow. Learn more about Historic New England’s tree care practices.
While at the property observing the work, Historic New England’s Boston Area Landscape Manager Anthony DeAngelis planted a small willow sapling. This sapling was grown under the care of Lyman Greenhouse Manager Lynn Ackerman from a cutting obtained from the 150+ year old willow that had to be removed from the property last year. Willow trees were often planted in the nineteenth century as memorials to loved ones. The willow tree’s proximity to Roseland Cottage makes it easy to conjecture that it was planted for a loved one at Roseland – was this tree a memorial to Lucy or Winthrop Bowen? It will take many years for this sapling to establish the presence of its ancestor, but using a sapling from the same genetic stock ensures the continuity of the tree’s genealogy.