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 …