Now is the time to buy a $10 tree online
Trees always sell out so residents are encouraged to order as soon as possible in order not to be disappointed.
Vancouver Park Board Chair Stuart Mackinnon
The Vancouver Park Board’s popular $10 spring tree sale is now underway!
Vancouver residents can buy up to three trees at $10 apiece online. A total of 2,851 fruit, flowering and shade trees are available. Many are bird-friendly—providing both food and habitat.
Trees available for purchase include Victoria southern magnolias, sentinel columnar apples, celestial flowering dogwoods, inaba shidare Japanese maples, baby blue Colorado spruces, lapins cherries, and yamhill hazelnuts.
Try our #Treeslationships quiz
“This is the fourth year for the tree sale and we have 28 varieties, more than ever before,” said Vancouver Park Board Chair Stuart Mackinnon. “We encourage residents to try our #Treeslationships quiz to find out which trees would be best for their yard or balcony. Trees always sell out so residents are encouraged to order as soon as possible in order not to be disappointed.”
The trees being sold are intended for private property, not city boulevards. Planting on private property remains the biggest area of opportunity to reverse tree loss and to replenish Vancouver’s vital tree canopy.
Tree canopy is 19%
Every tree is part of the urban forest and the tree sale helps the Park Board grow the forest canopy and reach our goal of planting 150,000 trees by 2020. Vancouver’s canopy cover was estimated at 18% in 2013 and 19% in 2015.
Pre-ordered trees can be picked up at the Nat Bailey Stadium parking lot on May 11 and 12. A selection of unclaimed or unpurchased trees will be available for cash purchase at Nat Bailey between 2pm and 4 pm on May 12.
Tree rebates available
Residents unable to participate in the online sale and pick up, can visit a participating nursery and get $20 off a tree valued at $50 or greater. Check out Figaro’s Garden, Hunter’s Garden Centre, or Gardenworks’ Lougheed and Mandeville locations for selections.
The Park Board has 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 percent were planted on private lands including backyards and development sites.
Urban Forest Strategy
Last spring, the Board approved an updated Urban Forest Strategy PDF file . It aims 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.