In our family language, a "beaver tree" is a tree that has been badly pruned. The name is derived from the company name "Giant Beaver Tree Service" which operates in our area, and sends out little postcard ads in the mail.
A large part of the charm is that in these older neighborhoods, we have a lot of large, old trees, and the City's "Urban Forestry" office protects them fiercely. When we wanted to remove 4 old decorative pear trees in our front yard, which all had advanced infections of fireblight, it took 4 months of negotiations with the street tree committee before we reached a compromise that let us remove 3 of them; the last one is still in the picture above.
The home owner decided that it needed pruning, so now it looks like
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