( Ulmus Americana) Neighbourhood: Humewood Address: 24 Humewood Dr. Height: 28 m (92 feet); diameter: 155 cm (5 feet)
Should there ever be a Toronto Tree Museum, this towering and elegant American elm would be one of the main attractions. More than 200 years old with a gorgeous 27-metre-tall canopy and a sturdy trunk that spans 155 cm in diameter — about the width of Toronto’s streetcar tracks — it impresses by its stature. But as one of the few remaining large American elms in Toronto, this tree is a true titan for surviving Dutch elm disease, the deadly fungus that has killed almost all of North America’s elms. It also has historical significance as one of the original elms on the 20-hectare estate of William Hume Blake, a prominent lawyer and politician who, in 1849, became chancellor of Canada West. In 2010, Forests Ontario officially recognized it as a Heritage Tree for being witness to the neighbourhood’s past, specifically Humewood House, a residence and resource centre for young pregnant women that has been taking in soon-to-be mothers for more than 106 years. Want to visit this tree? Look for a solitary bench on Humewood Dr.; it has a perfect view of this beauty.
The bench across from this American elm on Humewood Dr. is the perfect place to take in all the glory of this stunning heritage tree.