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Historic Providence Elms Struck Down By Fungal Disease

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Four towering elm trees had to be cut down in Providence last week, after being struck with Dutch elm disease. The trees were more than 100-years-old. T...

Four towering elm trees had to be cut down in Providence last week, after being struck with Dutch elm disease. The trees were more than 100-years-old.

They stood on the property of the historic John Brown House since the early 1900s.

The Rhode Island Historical Society owns the property and plans to replace the European Elms with mixture of different elm species.

It’s been about a year since the last time the historical society was forced to cut down trees because of the Dutch elm fungus.

Editor's Note: The elms in question were not Princeton Elms as previously printed. They were European Elms and were not thought to be resistant to Dutch elm disease.

Dutch elm fungal attack.
Dutch elm fungal attack.