Where's the tallest tree in Ottawa? It's not an easy question to answer

By Holly Manchetti, Ottawa Citizen, March 17, 2018

The towering giant of Rochester Street — a 115-foot cottonwood tree — will meet its demise sometime in the near future, brought down amid a roar of chainsaws.

Given its age, 115 years, and fears that branches as large as telephone poles may at some point fall onto houses below, the tree’s owner decided it was time to cut the cottonwood down.

When that happens, a community landmark will disappear — the tree is already being mourned in the area, with an Irish-style wake planned for it on Saturday, St. Patrick’s Day — as will one of Ottawa’s tallest trees.


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