Washington Square Linden Tree No More | Did “Half-Ass” Protection During Park Construction Kill the Linden Tree?

by cathryn on July 2, 2013

Updated 10:03 p.m.

Linden Tree No More

When the Linden Tree Once Flourished (2011)

April 2013

June 2013

The Tree’s Leaf-less Branches June 2013

Where the Linden Tree Once Was – June 29, 2013


Oh Linden tree, so sad to see you go.

When I first wrote about the Linden tree in Washington Square Park’s Eastern section in 2011, I discovered all kinds of amazing things about this tree.

Earlier this year or maybe even last fall, I started to notice the tree was declininghalf of its branches at the top of the tree were bearing no leaves.

Prior to the park being redesigned, lawsuits were filed for a number of issues but one in particular filed by attorney Joel Kupferman addressed the (anticipated) inevitable, inadequate tree protection by the Parks Department during construction. Arborists filed affidavits stating the park’s trees might not survive this improper treatment. This ‘warning’ was not heeded.

When it came to my attention last June that the 334 year old Hangman’s Elm at the park was “in jeopardy (NW corner of the park), I contacted arborist Ralph Padilla:

… [Padilla] said, “When the branches at the top of a tree die off, the problem is in the root area; a disturbance of the root zone. The root zone of this tree would be far reaching – possibly half way across the park.“

He continued, “Construction and trees almost never work out because the protection is so half ass. I didn’t see the protection they took but the right protection for this tree would be a chain link fence 30 feet out from the trunk.”

When I explained that the protection consisted of four rickety wood slats right around the trunk of the tree, he said “that’s a joke.”

This is what the “protection” around all the park’s trees during construction has looked like over the last four years, including the Hangman’s Elm:

Tree “protection” throughout five year park construction

Besides the tree’s flowers emitting an amazing sweet smell for a few weeks typically in June, here is some more background on the Linden tree:

Linden Trees (genusTilia) from Wikipedia:

On healing: The flowers are used for herbal tea and tinctures; this kind of use is particularly popular in Europe and also used in North American herbal medicine practices.

In Germanic mythology: Originally, local communities assembled not only to celebrate and dance under a Tilia tree, but to hold their judicial thing (governing assembly) meetings there in order to restore justice and peace.

It was believed that the tree would help unearth the truth.

Linden tree, we needed you at Washington Square.


Previously at WSP Blog:

June 17, 2013: Linden Tree (Still) Not Faring Well

April 26, 2013: Linden Tree’s Decline

June 12, 2012 & June 20, 2011: Washington Square Linden Tree in Full Bloom in Eastern Quadrant

Photos: Cathryn

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Georgia July 2, 2013 at 10:01 pm

Wow – that is (was) a major limb. Compartmentalization after the removal of that limb would be a long process. Certainly you would not remove such a large branch during the summer unless it was posing an immediate threat to park users.


cathryn July 2, 2013 at 10:07 pm

Hi Georgia,

As you know, the entire tree came down. Do you think it could have been otherwise? I’m not familiar with ‘compartmentalization.’




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Georgia July 10, 2013 at 3:58 pm

Compartmentalization is the process whereby a tree limits decay caused by biological or mechanical injury.

From your photo it looks likes half of the linden’s canopy was dead. Do you know the branches on that half died progressively? This could indicate several possible causes. I am not a diagnostic expert so can’t point to one cause. Will you contact the Parks Dept. for cause of removal?


cathryn July 12, 2013 at 10:53 am

Hi Georgia,

When I noticed that half of the Linden tree had no leaves, that half was all gone and remained that way for a fairly long time (I first noticed before the leaves fell in the fall of 2012). I probably have photos further back but they are trapped on another computer I think. I’ll search around a little.

Maybe I will contact Parks Department… I hadn’t really thought of that. Also, whether they will replace… tho’ to get to the magnificent stature of that previous tree must have taken a good while.

I’ll let you know.




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