Black oak

Toronto Star - - INSIGHT -

( Quer­cus ve­lutina) Neigh­bour­hood: Run­nymede Ad­dress: 680 An­nette St. Height: Un­known; di­am­e­ter: 120 cm (3 feet, 11 inches)

If you find your­self pa­tiently stand­ing in the bus shel­ter at 680 An­nette St., wait­ing for the #26 Dupont Bus to take you to St. Ge­orge Sta­tion, make sure you look up and ad­mire the mas­sive beam-like branches of the ad­ja­cent black oak. The tree’s broad trunk — about 120 cm (4 feet) in di­am­e­ter — sup­ports a leafy canopy that is no­tice­able for branch­ing out side­ways, like the arms of a scare­crow, rather than up to the sky. Philip van Wasse­naer, a Toronto ar­borist with ex­per­tise in car­ing for large, old trees, ad­mires this oak’s unique “low-slung stature.” He notes its “canopy ar­chi­tec­ture re­veals the amaz­ing abil­ity of an oak tree to adapt to its growth,” sup­port­ing it­self in its old age, even as grav­ity pulls on its low, sprawl­ing branches. This tree is in good com­pany; ac­cord­ing to city records, there are more than seven trees mea­sur­ing a me­tre or more in di­am­e­ter on the same 1.5-kilo­me­tre stretch of An­nette St.

This black oak's canopy ar­chi­tec­ture "re­veals the amaz­ing abil­ity of an oak tree to adapt to its growth."

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