Windstorm fells mighty elm

mighty elm falls

A Dec. 22 windstorm felled an elm tree that had survived hurricanes, countless storms and Dutch elm disease for more than two centuries on the ridge at Silverman’s Farm, off Center Road. Photo by William Gardella Jr.

Irv Silverman and his crew work seven days a week pruning 15,000 apple and pear trees over the winter at Silverman’s Farm on Sport Hill Road. Among all the trees, one stood out among the rest: a 70-foot mighty elm that was more than 200 years old.

Although it survived the Dutch elm epidemic in the 1940s, a windstorm on Dec. 22 — almost two months after Superstorm Sandy — took out Mr. Silverman’s beloved tree.

“It was the jewel of the orchard,” he said. “It made it through Sandy but came down in a gust of wind. It must have been a microburst.”

The tree overlooked the Silverman family’s personal pet cemetery and was a quiet place for reflection.

“That was a beautiful tree,” Mr. Silverman said. It was also irreplaceable.

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