Northern red oak
( Quercus rubra) Neighbourhood: Windfields, North York Ravine/Park: Windfields Park Height: 15 m (49 feet); diameter: 147 cm (4 feet, 10 inches)
Stout, stocky and a little bit scraggly, this massive red oak can’t be considered stately. But Davies says its ungainly features suggest we should revere it as an ancient tree that has likely survived for more than two centuries in what is now Windfields Park. At 147 cm in diameter — nearly five feet across — it’s the largest of the 384 red oaks in Davies’ inventory. He and his team have nicknamed it “The Northern Dancer” in honour of the famous Canadian-bred racehorse that used to graze in the nearby fields owned by business tycoon E.P. Taylor. It’s hard to know how many trees this red oak has produced in its lifetime — a tree this size can drop upwards of 2,000 acorns in one season — but Davies hopes to one day see baby Northern Dancers planted across the city to preserve its pedigree.
At 147 cm in diameter, this northern red oak found in Toronto’s Windfields Park is the largest of the nearly 400 red oaks in Davies’ inventory.