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Mayday, mayday: Trees seek good home for permanent relationship

September 28 2016

Mayday tree

Mayday, pagoda dogwood, and crabapple trees want homes and a place to put down roots.

But time is running out.

The Vancouver Park Board needs you as a planting partner to help expand the city’s tree canopy if we are going to meet our goal of 150,000 new trees by 2020. We have planted almost half the trees to meet this ambitious goal.

17 varieties of trees available

The Board is now selling 17 varieties of flowering, shade, and conifer trees for only $10 each!

You have until midnight October 1 to buy the trees (up to a maximum of three) online for pick up this weekend. About 1,300 trees have already found homes, but 1,700 are still available. Fruit trees have been extremely popular and are sold out.

The trees are worth about $75 each and are not suitable for balconies or indoors.

Ideal time to plant

Fall is an ideal time for planting. A well-planned tree canopy can add value, aesthetic appeal, and vitality to yards. Trees are relatively low maintenance (unlike cats and dogs), but require regular watering, especially if newly planted.

If you order and pay for your trees online, pick them up October 1 and 2 between 10:00am and 4:00pm at Hillcrest Centre. Arrive before 2:00pm on October 2 to guarantee you get your pre-purchased tree. All unclaimed trees will be released to cash sale after 2:00pm. Bring ID and proof of Vancouver address when picking up your trees.

Trees not adopted will be saved for the spring sale or planted in parks or city streets.

Urban forest

Vancouver’s urban forest includes all trees in parks, streets, and yards. It is vital for cleaning air, managing rain water, providing wildlife and bird habitat, and improving health and well-being.
 
The city’s canopy has been in steady decline over the past two decades. Today, 18% of Vancouver is covered by tree canopy, a drop from 22% in 1995. Canopy is the amount of ground covered by tree leaves as seen from the air.

The tree sale supports the Park Board’s Urban Forest Strategy and Biodiversity Strategy.

Buy a tree