( 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."