We are at the northern limit for Bitternut Hickory and Crothers Woods is a good place to find these interesting trees. The Bitternut is the most abundant and widespread of Canadian Hickories.
The yellow buds are very distinctive.
They can live to 150 years old and grow up to 25 metres in height. The wood is used to produce smoke which gives hams and bacon a hickory-smoked flavour. The nut kernels are non-edible.
Shagbark Hickory is found in a few Toronto locations and has unusual bark.
Crothers Woods views:
a wind has blown the rain away and blown
the sky away and all the leaves away,
and the trees stand. I think i too have known
autumn too long e. e. cummings (1894–1962)