City trees

City trees

Vancouver supports a diverse and healthy urban forest. Our streets have over 140,000 trees.

How we care for trees

The City of Vancouver maintains all public trees in Vancouver, including trees that line our streets, trees that are in parks, and trees along boulevards.

Our Park Board arborists grow trees at our tree farm and plant thousands of new trees each year. Arborists also prune and remove trees and deal with tree pests and diseases.

We can also help with additional street beautification projects and prepare planting sites around the base of public trees. Extra flowers that couldn't be planted in public parks are available for these planting sites.

How you can help

Person watering a City tree with a watering can
  1. Watch out for vandalism of trees. 
  2. Be careful around young trees when you use a lawnmower or weed trimmer.
  3. Water newly-planted trees over their roots twice per week – especially in hot, dry weather. Two watering cans or five to ten minutes from a slow-running hose will do.
  4. Participate with your school or community group in Arbor Week tree-planting activities.
  5. Take an educational program about tree care.

Have a tree maintenance request?

Ask for maintenance of trees in parks and on streets

Tell the City online about your concern with trees along streets or in parks.

Trees on private property

If you have questions or concerns about trees on private property that are not the responsibility of the City, call 3-1-1.

Need to remove a tree on your property?

Tree removal permit

This permit allows you to take out, move, or replace trees on your property. View the requirements, download the form, find contact information, and more.

Vandalism and car accidents involving trees

We repair or replace trees that have been vandalized or damaged due to car accidents, and we recover damages to pay for repairs or replacements.

Claims for replacement for a mature tree can be as high as $20,000.

Ask. Tell. Connect.

Phone 3-1-1 to ask, tell, and connect with the City

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Did you know?

The City has so many trees that it takes us eight years to prune them all. That means our crews systematically prune at least one eighth of all trees in the City each year.

Protection of trees bylaw

Protection of Trees Bylaw

Preserves, protects, and strengthens our urban forest, while permitting property owners to remove trees for property maintenance and development.

Street Tree Bylaw

Regulates the Vancouver Park Board's care, condition, and management of trees on boulevards and medians of City-owned streets.

Last modified: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 09:43:14

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