Residents can purchase up to three trees each online. This time around, there will be 1,000 fruit, flowering and shade trees available.
Many are bird-friendly — providing both food and habitat. Trees available for purchase include hibiscus, larch, persimmon, magnolia, apple, cherry, and Japanese maple.
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Trees always sell out quickly, so residents are urged to order as soon as possible. Additionally, due to the ongoing pandemic, the trees will be delivered to residents’ homes through contactless delivery by Park Board staff. Delivery is expected to take place between September 23 and October 2, 2020.
Vancouver Park Board Chair Camil Dumont adds that the sale is part of Vancouver’s goal to “grow the urban forest” and plant 150,000 trees — an objective that could be met by the end of 2020.
“That’s enough trees to cover Stanley Park almost five times,” said Dumont in a statement. “We expect to celebrate that goal by the end of this year.”
“The tree sales have been tremendously successful over the last five years. Moving forward the Park Board will be creating a new program to work more closely with residents to help build the urban forest canopy on private property.”
The sale isn’t just for people with yards. Many varieties — particularly Japanese maple and golden thread leaf false cypress — are both great 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 as well.
The semi-annual tree sale begins on September 14, 2020. Trees are only available to residents of Vancouver, and proof of residency must be provided upon purchase.