Getting to Know Trees

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Getting to Know the Trees of Toronto

  • More than 217 different kinds of trees grow in Toronto.
  • Queen’s Park alone has over 300 trees representing approximately 50 different species.
  • Nearly 20 species of trees found in Queen's Park are native to Ontario. The others are species that have been introduced from elsewhere, primarily Europe and Asia.

Online tree species fact sheets are being developed for the trees of Toronto park by park, starting with Queen's Park and Toronto Islands.  Available online as they are completed, each species fact sheet  provides key features for identification and fascinating facts.  Access fact sheets at the Canadian Tree Tours website.

 

RECOGNIZING TREES THROUGH THE SEASONS

A tree is a sum of its parts... each species can be distinguished by a unique combination of features. These include: leaf shape and arrangement, flower and fruit type, and characteristics of the bark, twigs, and buds.

As the seasons change, different features of a tree become prominent.

All images © ROM Botany

The Trees of Queen’s Park Activity
Queen’s Park has over 300 trees representing approximately 50 different species. Nearly 20 of these species are native to Ontario. The others are species that have been introduced from elsewhere, primarily Europe and Asia.

Try your hand at tree identification and see if you can find these oak species in the park! Print a Trees for Toronto worksheet (PDF) to bring with you on your visit.