Fall is the best time to plant a tree and the Park Board has $10 trees for sale
Fall tree sale starts September 10, pick up on September 21
The trees always sell out fast so Vancouver residents are encouraged to go online and order their trees as soon as possible.
Park Board Chair Stuart Mackinnon
There’s no better time to plant a tree than right now and the Park Board’s popular semi-annual tree sale starts today with trees available to Vancouver residents for just $10 each. These include 21 fruit, flowering, and evergreen varieties of every shape and size, suitable for small balconies to large yards.
A total of 1,500 trees will be available for this sale. The Orangeola Japanese maple and golden threadleaf false cypress are both good options for patio containers. Little ruby fig, Italian honey fig, crimson passion cherry, and scarlet sentinel pillar apple are excellent fruit-bearing options for patio containers.
“Trees keep cities cool, feed us and give us pie so the Park Board is pleased to again offer them for sale at the very affordable price of $10 a tree,” said Park Board Chair Stuart Mackinnon. “The trees always sell out fast so Vancouver residents are encouraged to go online and order their trees as soon as possible.”
Planting on private property continues to be the biggest area of opportunity to replenish Vancouver’s vital tree canopy.
Trees can be purchased online and picked up at Hillcrest Centre on Saturday, September 21 from 10 am to 4 pm. A limited number of trees will be available on site for cash sale from 2pm to 4 pm to Vancouver residents who miss out on the online bookings.
Buyers must bring proof of Vancouver residency, such as a driver’s licence or a recent bill showing their address.
By October, the Park Board will have planted more than 125,000 new trees since 2010, enough to cover Stanley Park more than four times. About 55% of the new trees were planted in streets and parks while 45% were planted on private lands including backyards and development sites.
The Urban Forest Strategy PDF file (15 MB) outlines plans to restore forests across 25 hectares of natural areas and to double the number of street trees in priority neighbourhoods such as the Downtown Eastside, Marpole, and False Creek Flats.
Trees are vital to our environment and daily lives. They provide shade and relief from urban heat, clean the air, provide a home for birds and wildlife and are increasingly recognized for their health benefits.
The next tree sale takes place in spring 2020.