Tree Sale

All trees are sold out. Purchased trees must be picked up between 9:00 - 11:00 am on March 20, 2021, at Westburnco Park.


Help us reach the City goal of a 27% canopy coverage within New Westminster by 2030!  By partnering with residents, the City continues with its goal of planting 3,300 trees on private land, and a further 8,500 on public land by 2030.  Read the complete Urban Forest Management Strategy here. 

The tree sale occurs bi-annually and provides an opportunity for New Westminster residents to purchase up to two trees for their residence. 

Which tree is right for me?

Select trees based on their maximum size at maturity.  These details are listed in the description of each species.  Taking size at maturity into consideration will ensure the tree you plan to plant has enough space.

Where and how do I plant my tree?

Instruction of properly planting a tree can be found here.

Please plant the tree at least 2 meters from any City property line. This will ensure that ownership of the tree remains clear throughout the tree’s life. Following a similar guideline for planting distances from adjacent private properties is also recommended.

Please do NOT plant trees on City property.  Tree planting on City property is done by the City staff and takes into consideration existing or planned infrastructure, environmental needs, and neighbourhood characteristics.

Why non-native trees?

Urban ecosystems are very different from forest ecosystems.  Growing conditions and restrictions in urban ecosystems are more challenging, in particular for native species.  Non-native trees often handle urban conditions better resulting in lower tree mortality and increased biodiversity while still providing all the aesthetic and functional benefits associated with trees in the landscape.

Contact

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Tree descriptions: 

  • Height: 15 – 18 m
    Spread: 12 – 15 m
    Flower: Small and red
    Sun: Full sun or partial shade
    Moisture: Average amount of water, somewhat drought tolerant
    Attracts: Birds and pollinators
    Fruit: Winged seeds

    This variety of the red and silver maple hydrid, Freeman Maple, has been around since the late 1960s.  It is more drought tolerant than red maple, and is characterized by the bright red fall colour of the leaves.   “Red Maple is the light that brightens the fall color sky throughout the northern, Midwestern, and northeastern states” – Michael Dirr, Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. 


  • Height: 2 – 3 m (Semi-dwarf)
    Spread: 2 – 3 m (Semi-dwarf)
    Flower: White
    Sun: Full sun
    Moisture: Average amount of water
    Attracts: Birds and pollinators
    Fruit: Apples (!)

    Characterized by a sweeter skin and longer storage life, this popular grocery store apple remains a favourite of many.   Good pollinator attractant when in full flower bloom.

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  • Height: 5 – 7 m (Standard)
    Spread: 5 – 7 m (Standard)
    Flower: White
    Sun: Full sun
    Moisture: Average amount of water
    Attracts: Birds and pollinators
    Fruit: Apples (!)

    One of the more popular commercial apples, the vertical striped markings on the fruit set this apple apart from others.  Good pollinator attractant when in full flower bloom.

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  • Height: 15 – 25 m
    Spread: 9 – 12 m
    Flower: White
    Sun: Full sun or partial shade
    Moisture: Average amount of water
    Attracts: Birds
    Fruit: None – male tree

    Slow-growing tree.  “Gingko gets better with age…be patient.  A well-developed Ginkgo is an impressive sight; fall colour alone is sufficient reason to plant the tree” – Michael Dirr, Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. 

     

  • Height: 6 – 8 m
    Spread: 4 – 6 m
    Flower: White
    Sun: Full sun or partial shade
    Moisture: Average amount of water
    Attracts: Birds and pollinators
    Fruit: Seed in a small capsule

    Some variety of fall colour in the leaves as well as a showy white flower.  Similar in colour and character to five newly planted Tall Stewartia (S. monadelpha) in a bed at the front of New Westminster City Hall, east of the main steps.  “The bark is outstanding and develops a rather sinuous, muscled character with the wonderful exfoliating bark fragments painting a lovely picture” – Michael Dirr, Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. 

  • Height: 7 – 10 m
    Spread: 2 – 4 m
    Flower: Minimal
    Sun: Full sun
    Moisture: Average amount of water; drought tolerant
    Attracts: Birds
    Fruit: Seed in a small capsule

    Parrotia are a tough, medium-sized tree tolerant of most soil and environmental conditions.  Persian Spire is an upright, columnar version of this tree intended for areas with less growing space.  “In my mind, an outstanding ornamental tree that has few rivals” – Michael Dirr, Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. 


  • Height: 9 – 12 m
    Spread: 6 – 9 m
    Flower: Small catkin (male tree), no flower
    Sun: Full sun
    Moisture: Average amount of water
    Attracts: Birds
    Fruit: None – male tree   

    This is an upright form of the European hornbeam often used in areas with less growing space.  The tree is multi-stem and has a history in Europe as a chosen tree for hedges. “One of the very finest landscape trees…a choice specimen with an air of aloofness unmatched by any plant” – Michael Dirr, Manual of Woody Landscape Plants.


  • Height: 2 – 3 m
    Spread: 2 – 3 m
    Flower: Pink
    Sun: Full sun or partial shade
    Moisture: Average amount of water; intolerant of drought
    Attracts: Birds and butterflies
    Fruit: Red and somewhat edible

    “Handsome small specimen tree or shrub, excellent near large buildings or blank walls, tends to break up harshness with horizontal structure, works well in a shrub border or in a foundation planting at the corner of the house” – Michael Dirr, Manual of Woody Landscape Plants.  

  • Height: 15 – 20 m
    Spread: 5 – 7 m
    Flower: Minimal
    Sun: Full sun or partial shade
    Moisture: Average amount of water
    Attracts: Birds
    Fruit: Cone

    A tall, narrow spruce perfect for urban environments with limited space.  Works well as an accent planting.  “Noted for its excellent foliage…the species is much more adaptable than given credit” – Michael Dirr, Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. 

     

  • Height: 6 – 8 m
    Spread: 5 – 6 m
    Flower: White
    Sun: Full sun or partial shade
    Moisture: Average amount of water; intolerant of drought
    Attracts: Birds and pollinators
    Fruit: Small and inedible

    The Snowcone is the same in appearance as Japanese snowbell except that it is denser in its branching and has a pyramidal shape.  More suitable for slightly smaller planting areas.  “A handsome small tree for any situation; excellent near the patio, in the lawn, or in the shrub border…worthy of extensive landscape use” – Michael Dirr, Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. 



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