(Photo by Johanna Kaiser for boston.com)
The Boston Parks and Recreation Department is keeping a close eye on newly planted trees lining Copley Square as the trees take root.
A total of 20 trees--12 red maples, four ginkgo biloba trees, and four seedless sweet gums--were planted in the square last month to replace 20 London planes infected with a canker stain fungus and although some of the trees might look dead, they are getting established in their new locations, city officials say.
The trees are being watered on a regular schedule and being cared for, said the city’s Parks Department, but dead leaves are expected to continue to fall from the trees as part of their transplanting process.
That might make the trees look ragged for the next few weeks.
The trees were planted when they were about 2 to 2.5 inches in diameter at breast height.
A diverse species of trees were planted in the hopes of reducing the chances of the park’s trees being devastated by a particular disease or pest in the future.
The city notes that even with care, some trees may not survive. The trees are under warranty and those that do not thrive are will be replaced by the nursery.