Shade Tree Removal Occupies Edgartown Selectmen

The board reviewed three requests for shade tree removal at their meeting Monday, including on South Summer street. In Edgartown, trees that stand within a public way cannot be removed without a hearing in front of the selectmen.

In Pagoda Controversy, Conservation Commission Will Reconsider

In the wake of public outcry over a plan by a homeowner to build a garage next to a historic Edgartown pagoda tree, the conservation commission has voted to reconsider.

In Garage versus Pagoda, Town Intervenes on Behalf of Tree

Renovations at a private home have put a spotlight on a historic shade tree that graces South Water street and is likely the largest of its kind in the state.

The majestic pagoda tree was brought to the Vineyard as a seedling in a flower pot by a sea captain more than 175 years ago.

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.