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Toronto Star: Saving Toronto's Oldest Tree
Samantha Beattie | April 4, 2018

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Will city step in to save what could be Torontos oldest tree?

https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2018/04/03/will-city-step-in-to-save-what-could-be-torontos-oldest-tree.html

From Issue No. 268 | April 23, 2018

A realtor says a North York homeowner may chop down a centuries-old red oak that is threatening the structural integrity of the house — unless the city agrees to buy the property. 

The red oak on Coral Gable Dr. may be up to 350 years old, and is designated by the city as a heritage tree.
The red oak on Coral Gable Dr. may be up to 350 years old, and is designated by the city as a heritage tree.  

That’s the question realtor Waleed Khaled Elsayed is asking on behalf of his client, on whose property the massive tree stands.

About 24 metres tall and with a circumference of about five metres, the oak frames the bungalow with its expansive branches — nine to 12 metres in each direction — and cups the foundation with its roots.

Those roots, Elsayed says, are the problem. 

The gnarled invaders have snaked under the foundation of the North York home and curl up against it, threatening the structural integrity of the house and representing about $60,000 to $80,000 in “lost opportunity” for the homeowner, Elsayed said.

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