15 individual City-owned and privately-owned trees within the City of Toronto have heritage status.


A quick read summery of the cities backgroundfile-101336.pdf– Protection of Heritage Trees, all text the city staff report.


Protection of Heritage Trees, how Parks, Forestry and Recreation protects heritage trees,

Currently, there are fifteen (15) individual City-owned and privately-owned trees within the City of Toronto with heritage status.

A tree can be identified as having or potentially having heritage status either by “designation” under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act (OHA), or through “recognition” under the Heritage Tree Program administered by Forests Ontario (formerly Trees Ontario).


Definition of Heritage Trees

As defined by Professor Paul Aird, Faculty of Forestry, University of Toronto in The Forestry Chronicle, 2005 (a professional journal of the Canadian Institute of Forestry), a “heritage tree” is a tree having one, or more, of the following characteristics:

A notable specimen because of its size, form, shape, beauty, age, colour, rarity, genetic constitution, or other distinctive features:

• A living relic that displays evidence of cultural modification by Aboriginal or non-Aboriginal people, including strips of bark or knot-free wood removed, test hole cut to determine soundness, furrows cut to collect pitch or sap, or blazes to mark a trail;

• A prominent community landmark;

A specimen associated with a historic person, place, event or period;

• A representative of a crop grown by ancestors and their successors that is at risk of disappearing from cultivation;

• A tree associated with local folklore, myths, legends, or traditions.

a report from 2013 with much more information is here

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