Ancient and Original Tree and Shrub Origin Listing

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We now have a source listing showing the areas where the seeds were collected. It is far more detailed than just growth zones; we state the county to pinpoint seedling origins. Also stock grown from Ancient or Old Growth seed will be designated by (A). There is no price difference between non ancient and ancient stock seedlings. We are simply offering more choices for conservation authorities, parks and preserves.

 

AMERICAN BEECH

THE CRIEFF AMERICAN BEECH (A)

In 1833, this beech tree was part of a 100 acre farm in Crieff.  By 1930, this property was purchased by Colonel J.B. McLean of the present day McLean publications.  At his death, the property was transferred to the Presbyterian Church of Canada.

DISEASE RESISTANT AMERICAN (WHITE) ELM

THE UNIVERSITY AMERICAN ELM (A)

This magnificent elm, well over 100 years old, is located in Guelph.

THE GUELPH AMERICAN ELM (A)

Another great, over 100 year old, elm in Guelph.

SLIPPERY ELM

THE GUELPH SLIPPERY ELM (A)

A fine, old slippery elm residing in Guelph.

 

PIGNUT HICKORY

NIAGARA PIGNUT HICKORY

 

 

BLACK MAPLE

THE HAMILTON BLACK MAPLE (A)

Size – 8 ft. circumference

This black maple marks the grave site for Richard Beasley, United Empire Loyalist who died in 1842.  He was considered the first settler at , ‘ The Head of the Lake’, (Hamilton).  He was a founder of this region and owned the Burlington Heights lands,  where now Dundurn Castle is.

 

 

SILVER MAPLE

THE CRIEFF SILVER MAPLE (A)

This tree is also on the historic McLean site in Crieff.  Its massive form shades a historic stone, bank barn.

 

 

 

 

BLACK OAKS

THE NIAGARA ON THE LAKE NECKLACE BLACK OAKS (A)

These Black Oaks reside in the ‘necklace of oaks’ alongside the Niagara river. This string of oaks are the last remnants of the old growth forest that covered this region. During the war of 1812, most of this old growth was axed for firewood and buildings.

 

THE GRIMSBY BLACK OAK (A)

This very small grove is the last remaining fragment of old growth for the Grimsby beach area. It is under intense development pressure. Some true gems still stand, such as the Black Oak.

 

LASALLE BLACK OAK (A)

SIZE – 127 cm diameter

This Burlington tree resides in the park where French explorer LaSalle, in 1669, landed while trying to reach the Ohio River to find a route to China.

 

 

 

 

 

BUR OAKS

THE DUNDAS BUR OAK (A)

This Bur Oak graces one of Canada’s earliest horse race courses. In the mid 1860’s, the oval race course was built with the oak shading the interior oval. By 1886, this horse race coarse was converted to a municipal driving park.

 

 

 

 

THE ROCKTON BUR OAK (A)

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This tree shades the Village area of Westfield heritage village.  In 1960, this pioneer village was created to depict 19th century rural life in Upper Canada.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHINQUAPIN OAK

THE DUNDAS CHINQUAPIN OAK (A)

Age approximately 200 years old

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The property where this chinquapin oak resides, was an operating mill from 1863 – 1930.  Later, the Town of Dundas, created the Fisher Mills municipal park.

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE ROCKTON CHINQUAPIN OAK (A)

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This tree shades the Village area of Westfield heritage village.  In 1960, this pioneer village was created to depict 19th century rural life in Upper Canada.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PIN OAKS

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CAMBRIDGE PIN OAK

The lands surrounding this pin oak are the historic Cruickston farms.  In 1853, the farms were named in honour of the Cruickston Castle, a ship that brought, landowner  Mr. Ashton to Canada.  After several landowners over the next 100 years, some of these lands are now preserved in an ecoreserve.

 

 

 

 

RED OAK

NIAGARA RED OAK

 

 

SWAMP WHITE OAK

 

DUNDAS SWAMP WHITE OAK

 

 

 

WHITE OAKS

THE BURLINGTON WHITE OAK (A)

Height = 30 m (100 feet)
Width = 500 cm (16.5 feet)
Age approximately 250 years

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This tree is in the group of ‘oldest oaks in Canada’. In 1760, the Mississauaga tribe was known to have a summer camp here as they fished and hunted along the Bronte Creek. This city owned tree was destined for removal to aid street widening. Luckily, citizen led groups in 2006 raised the necessary funds and the tree was spared. It is now a designated Ontario heritage tree.

 

 

 

 

THE ALDERSHOT WHITE OAK (A)

Height = 30 m (100 feet)
Width = 500 cm (16.5 feet)
Age approximately 300 years

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This tree is also in the group of ‘oldest oaks in Canada’. In 1789, this tree was a surveyors benchmark for a treaty arranging purchase for the British Crown from the Mississauga nation. This block of 3450 acres was known as ‘Brant’s Block’. Today, this city owned tree is a designated Ontario heritage tree.

 

 

 

 

THE GRAND RIVER WHITE OAK (A)

Age approximately 130 years old

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This oak survived the Grand River flooding in 1974.  Afterwards, the City of Cambridge, created a well around the tree and a system of drainage pipes.  The tree stands in a special sculpture garden overlooking the river.

 

 

 

 

 

THE HILLBORN WHITE OAK (A)

 

On the Hillborn Knoll of Cambridge overlooking the Portugese Swamp

 

 

 

 

NIAGARA WHITE OAK

 

GRIMSBY WHITE OAK

The last remaining great white oak at the grand old oak stand.

 

SYCAMORE

 

HAMILTON CEMETERY SYCAMORE (A)

This ancient sycamore is in the old section, 1880,  of a Hamilton cemetery.