Many years ago, the trees in Westmount’s parks had their species’ names nailed into the bark.
From the Montreal Gazette, April 14, 1920:
“Alderman Scott, Park Commissioner…said that it had
been decided to place metal tags on the different kinds of
shrubbery in the parks and also signs on trees denoting the
common name as well as the botanical name.”
Over time, vandalism caused the removal of these plaques. I was fortunate to find one, still extant, in King George Park.