1. Mulberry Tree
This tree was preserved during the construction of the Philosopher's Walk at the University of Toronto. While some people may not like this species of tree, it provides fruit and shade for the city's urban animals including squirrels, birds and people.
2. ROM White Oak
During its recent renovations, the Royal Ontario Museum worked around this tree. Workers erected barriers around it and expanded its root space. The tree is estimated to be well over 100 years old. This is one of the rare cases where a tree was left in better condition after construction was completed.
3. Giant Honey Locust
At the southern end of Philosopher's Walk, this tree represents a well conserved and thriving heritage tree. It was given lots of space and has grown to a remarkable size.
4. Granddaddy Oak
This tree has decay in some places, a hole in its trunk and has fungal growths. But it is also a place of rich biodiversity and ecological value for the city.
5. St. James Maple
This tree was here when the entire area was old-growth forest and survived the great fire of 1849.