In 1972, my husband, Harry, and our son, Brian, planted this pin oak (Quercus palustris) in our front yard. For 42 years, we’ve watched it grow, enjoyed its shade and the habitat it has provided for numerous birds and other wildlife.
It has often reminded me of a huge, beautiful sculpture as it changed throughout the seasons.
The tree has declined for the last several years as a result of bacterial leaf scorch, a disease spread by leaf hoppers and for which there is no cure. It is “found throughout much of the southern and eastern U.S” and often occurs on pin oaks in urban areas. We kept our tree alive long as possible, but finally accepted it was time to let it go and recently it “went.”
Although we enjoy our twelve other Kentucky native trees, we will sorely miss the pin oak. We look forward to planting a new tree and watching it grow. Similarly as we say farewell to 2014, we welcome the opportunity to start a new year. Letting go of the old is one way to make room for the new.
Happy New Year to all and best wishes for 2015