The David Boyle Tree: Elora’s 140-Year Old Sugar Maple

On a chilly February day in 2020, Out of Your Tree Care provided conservation arboriculture care to the aged Sugar Maple known as the David Boyle tree. Arborists spent the day removing deadwood and reducing the canopy to improve its structure and extend its life.


This grand, old Sugar Maple was planted by David Boyle back in the 1870s. David Boyle was the principal of Elora Public School, now the Elora Centre for the Arts. During his years at the school, he tasked his students with planting Sugar Maple saplings all around the schoolyard to teach them more about the natural sciences. As a result, a large number of his students maintained an interest in nature, especially trees, and continued to plant many on the street trees of Elora. You can read more about David Boyle at The Canadian Encyclopedia.

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