Torontonians have chosen the oak tree to represent the city.
Mayor John Tory, along with Councilman Jennifer McKelvie, chair of the infrastructure and environment committee, unveiled the official city tree at Cedar Ridge Park on Saturday afternoon.
The oak was selected by public vote held from April 21 to May 10.
“Trees do so much for us. They absorb CO2, they provide shade which helps us conserve energy, they stop erosion which helps deal with flooding and the list goes on,” Tory said at the unveiling.
“It was about raising awareness of that fact by having an official tree and making sure people respect it, embrace it, and show affection for trees, as part of the natural environment and as part of our goals. ambitious that we must fight against climate change”, he added.
Toronto staff engaged with Indigenous representatives to choose the four most representative trees in the city for the public to vote on. The list included birch, maple, oak and pine.
Nearly 11,000 votes were received, with oak receiving 47% of the vote, maple in second place with 31%, birch with 14% and pine 8% of the vote.
The oak tree will be part of the city’s official symbols which currently include a flag, coat of arms and the chain of the mayor’s office.