Today’s walk to see a tree

The other day, I stopped to stare in awe at a tree on Ashdale Avenue. I took Danica to see it this morning and we got photos.


Local residents seemed surprised at our interest. No one knew the species but one man hazarded a guess at “white oak” because it was strong like an oak tree and has light coloured bark. Danica rightly doubted that, because the leaves look nothing like oak.

Close up, the massive limbs reminded me of Henry Moore’s sculpture. Monumental. Marvellous.

The bark is particularly unusual and pleasing in colour. Mottled greys, creams and light browns. It sheds large, flat flakes as it grows and, high up, the branches appear largely smooth and white. Sculptural.

What kind of tree fits the description? What could grow to have a trunk 4 to 5 feet wide?

There are more clues in the leaves. Perhaps you know the species already. I had to go to Google. Answer below …



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4 thoughts on “Today’s walk to see a tree

  1. Bill Pretty sure it is a London Plane tree . . The main pedestrian walkway, las Ramblas, in Barcelona is lined with them and Gaudi replicated their spreading limbs inside his Sagrada church.

  2. Aha! The plot thickens. I looked up London Plane tree and I see the similarity, Lloyd. One page offered this:

    London plane or sycamore tree? This is a question we often ask in Albion and are often not quite sure about the answer. The sycamore is a native species. The London plane is a non-native ‘species’ from Eurasia that may be of hybrid origin.

    Generally London plane trees have two fruit clusters per stalk while sycamores have but one.

    So I guess I should go back and see if “my” tree has one or two clusters.

  3. my dad planted two what he called Plane trees in our back yard when i was a kid. we watched them grow for some 15 years before the house was sold. the fruit pods were the size and shape of golf balls . . cant recall if they were in pairs, but that sounds a bit obscene.

  4. Do you recall the time of year when your backyard trees acquired their one or two balls, Lloyd? I shall keep an eye on the Asdale tree … all in the name of science, of course. Although J.R. Colombo has correctly labelled me a “tree-hugger”, my interest is not prurient.

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