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.