Notable Trees

Notable trees are publicly-viewable specimens distinguished by their size, form, shape, beauty, age, rarity, or other distinctive features.  This page is organized by location so that people can choose to visit a number of special trees in an Ottawa neighbourhood or an area in Eastern Ontario.  If you’re interested in seeing a particular species, visit the Species page of interest to check the list of trees and locations.

Ottawa – South

Slippery Elm near Mooney’s Bay


Ulmus rubra – Slippery Elm – Mature, open-grown specimen near Mooney’s Bay. Park at the Terry Fox Athletic Centre to view this tree on Riverside Drive.




Ottawa – West

Butternut in Hewitt Park
Butternut in Hewitt Park


Juglans cinerea – Butternut – Emerge from dark, old cedar woods into an open clearing dominated by this magnificent old Butternut. Measured at 86 cm (34 inches) DBH with a broad canopy and negligible canker, this tree reminds us what Butternuts in the forests of yore used to be like.  Find this tree in Hewitt Park in Kanata.




Bur Oak on Hines Road


Quercus macrocarpa – Bur Oak – Measured at 1.24m (4.07 ft) DBH, this stately tree stands on Hines Road in a high tech business park in north Kanata at the old Blue Heron trailhead.  Follow the trail south as it flanks a ravine in which Shirley’s Brook flows to see four other exceptional Bur Oaks.  Continue across the hydro cut to enter Trillium Woods.



Rock Elm on Second Line Road, rural Kanata


Ulmus thomasii – Rock Elm – Mature, open-grown specimen in a rural Kanata field on the northeast side of Second Line Road, just southeast of Wild Acres Lane, near the South March Highlands.  This specimen showcases the classic Rock Elm shape.




Rock Elm in South March Highlands


Ulmus thomasii – Rock Elm – A mature, double-trunk specimen growing in the South March Highlands Conservation Forest by the North Dogsled Trail near #37.




South of Ottawa

Basswood near Blom Property (photo by O. Clarkin)


Tilia americana – Basswood – A huge, old growth Basswood beside a creek on Van Camp Road, just opposite the entrance to the Blom Property conservation area.




Rock Elm in Merrickville (photo by O. Clarkin)


Ulmus thomasii – Rock Elm – Largest known specimen in Eastern Ontario, measuring 1.55m DBH and 28 meters high.  It’s located in Merrickville on Main Street East near Elgin.  Stand on the other side of Main Street, cock your head back, and prepare to be amazed.