Sugar maple

Toronto Star - - INSIGHT -

( Acer sac­cha­rum) Neigh­bour­hood: Lawrence Park Ad­dress: 119 Rochester Ave. Height: Un­known; di­am­e­ter: 127 cm (4 feet, 2 inches)

It’s one of the most plen­ti­ful tree species in Toronto, but there are few big and brawny sugar maples on city streets. Ac­cord­ing to city records, there are about 30 city-owned sugar maple trees grow­ing on road al­lowances that mea­sure one me­tre or more in di­am­e­ter. In com­par­i­son, there are more than 100 city-owned sil­ver maples in the same size range. This par­tic­u­lar sugar maple in Lawrence Park is among the largest city-owned of this species and looms up above the sin­gle-fam­ily homes on Rochester Ave. Dou­glas Hart, a board mem­ber of the Lawrence Park Ratepay­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion and chair of the parks and trees com­mit­tee, says res­i­dents are fiercely pro­tec­tive of their big trees. In 2015, the as­so­ci­a­tion helped co-or­di­nate a cam­paign, in­clud­ing res­i­dent sur­veys, lawn signs and yel­low rib­bons tied around tree trunks, to pre­vent the city from cut­ting down 349 trees as part of a stormwa­ter man­age­ment pro­ject. Work- ing with city staff, Hart says the as­so­ci­a­tion man­aged to bring the num­ber of trees fac­ing the axe down to 20 or 30. He hopes the big­gest ones, like this mag­nif­i­cent sugar maple, will sur­vive long past any city pro­ject. “Th­ese big trees are such a fea­ture of our neigh­bour­hood. They give it its char­ac­ter.”

This sugar maple in Lawrence Park is among the largest city-owned of this species — there are few big and brawny sugar maples on city streets.

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