Amer­i­can elm

Toronto Star - - INSIGHT -

( 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.

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