Street Tree Planting Program

The Living City Tree Planting Program is a Capital Program to plant street trees in residential areas within the City of North Vancouver. Street trees help mitigate the effects of climate change assisting the City in meeting our community's goal of reducing our Green House Gas emissions and making our City more green.

The City began planting street trees on designated blocks early in 2014. The selection criteria for which blocks will receive street trees is outlined in the Street Tree Master Plan. Criteria includes, but is not limited to, whether or not the street has trees already, if it is a bus route, an arterial and on or connected to a bike route. City staff will evaluate potential locations based on this criteria. Homeowners and residents on blocks selected for planting will receive a Notice of Tree Planting, a trees species fact sheet and additional information about the program.

Winter is a good time of year to plant trees because the trees are dormant and they can be planted with minimal disturbance to the tree. As the season changes to spring and the soil warms, the tree will break dormancy and begin to grow in its new location. The long rainy season typical of a West Coast spring will provide adequate watering to aid the tree's establishment. Once the hot and dry summer weather begins, City staff will install a watering bag around each tree to provide a slow release of water to each tree. That said, we would welcome adjacent homeowners' assistance in providing additional watering. Together, these combined efforts should ensure the tree's survival through its first year.


Benefits of Street Trees

There are many benefits to planting street trees. Trees create a neighbourhood feel to a street and provide a sense of separation or buffer between pedestrians on the sidewalk and the road. A street lined with mature trees creates a sense of place and permanence that is attractive to many and difficult to create without trees. Whether being resplendent in beautiful fall colour, coming into leaf early in the year, flowering in the spring or in full leaf during the summer, trees are beautiful and cherished by many people as being important to their lives. With trees being able to live for many years beyond a person's lifetime, they are investment in our community's future.

Trees also provide more tangible benefits such as:

  • Helping to reduce stormwater runoff. They do this by buffering rain fall and catching water on its trunk and leaves. Water that doesn't fall to the ground right away either evaporates or slowly trickles to the ground over an extended period of time. This benefits the City by extending the duration and reducing peak flows into our stormwater system and waterways.
  • Lower summer air temperatures. By shading the ground and the leaves giving off moisture on hot sunny days, the air temperature in the air space around a mature tree is lower than that which would be found if no street tree were present. A street planted with mature trees will have a significant impact on that location's air temperature.
  • Reduction in air pollution. Trees capture carbon dioxide and release oxygen when they are in leaf. They also capture other toxins including nitrous oxide and sulphur dioxide. By cooling local areas, less energy is consumed to cool households therefore less pollution is created.
  • Enhance property values. Assuming views are not impacted, trees increase a residential property's value by raising its 'curb appeal'.
  • Wildlife habitat. Trees provide habitat, food and nesting sites to any number of bird, insect and animal species. A continuous canopy of trees provides habitat connectivity and movement corridors to other large areas of habitat such as parks and stream corridors.

Approximately 55 trees were planted in the 300 Block W 4th Street and 400 Block W 6th St. Various species of trees were selected based on the planting location and in line with best management practices for urban planting. The trees also have ornamental features which include spring flowers, fall fruit and/or leaf colour, interesting bark and a unique branch structure. 

Cobblestone Oak and Black Tupelo trees were planted on the south side of W 4th Street and Persian Ironwood alternating with Amanogawa Cherry Trees on the north side of W 6th Street. These trees are approved by BC Hydro for planting under overhead power lines, as their canopy height at maturity will minimize any conflicts with the utility lines.  All tree locations also took into account sightlines at corners for vehicles and pedestrians, clearance of regulatory signs and a buffer around lamp standards and utility poles.

Approximately 36 trees were planted on E 2nd Street since it was identified as a suitable site for the Living City Tree Planting program. The street currently lacks street trees, the street connects several prominent open spaces and local parks and is a popular walking route for local residents and school kids.

Tree Species were selected for the street because of the narrow boulevard that included Hedge Maple (Acer campestre)and Japanaese Snowbell (Styrax japonica).

Approximately 40 trees were planted on St. George’s and several of the side streets approaching St. George’s. This street was identified as a suitable site for the Living City Tree Planting program because it currently lacks street trees, the street connects several prominent open spaces

and local parks and is a popular walking route for local residents and school kids. It is also a busy street and the addition of trees will mitigate the sound and pollution from vehicles. Columnar trees were selected for one side of the street because of the narrow boulevard. Tree species included Lavelle Hawthorn Crataegus x lavallei, Crimson Spire Oak Quercus robur x Q.alba ‘Crimschmidt’, ‘Japanese Tree Lilac Syringa reticulate

Approximately 40 trees were planted on 4 blocks of E.9th street. This street was identified as a suitable site for the Living City Tree Planting program because it currently lacks street trees, the street connects several

prominent open spaces and local parks and is a popular walking route for local residents and school kids. On the south side of the 400 block is the local elementary school (Ridgeway Community School). Additionally,

East 9th intersects several current and future greenways and bike routes. Tree species included 15 Street Keeper’ Gleditsia Gleditisia triacanthos , 20 Korean Dogwood Cornus kousa, 15 Hedge Maple Acer campestre, and 25 Lavelle’s Hawthorne Crataegus x lavallei.

City of North Vancouver staff planted 62 trees on the 200, 300 and 400 blocks of West 15th between the end of February and beginning of March, 2014. 

The trees selected were Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry Amelanchier and Golden Desert Ash Fraxinus excelsior ‘Golden Desert’ .  These species were reviewed and approved by BC Hydro as appropriate trees for planting under power lines. City crews utilized a Vactor Truck to excavate precisely located and sized holes and installed root barrier at each tree.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

2018 Living City Tree Planting Program

Approximately 55 trees were planted in the 300 Block W 4th Street and 400 Block W 6th St. Various species of trees were selected based on the planting location and in line with best management practices for urban planting. The trees also have ornamental features which include spring flowers, fall fruit and/or leaf colour, interesting bark and a unique branch structure. 

Cobblestone Oak and Black Tupelo trees were planted on the south side of W 4th Street and Persian Ironwood alternating with Amanogawa Cherry Trees on the north side of W 6th Street. These trees are approved by BC Hydro for planting under overhead power lines, as their canopy height at maturity will minimize any conflicts with the utility lines.  All tree locations also took into account sightlines at corners for vehicles and pedestrians, clearance of regulatory signs and a buffer around lamp standards and utility poles.

2017 Living City Tree Planting Program

Approximately 36 trees were planted on E 2nd Street since it was identified as a suitable site for the Living City Tree Planting program. The street currently lacks street trees, the street connects several prominent open spaces and local parks and is a popular walking route for local residents and school kids.

Tree Species were selected for the street because of the narrow boulevard that included Hedge Maple (Acer campestre)and Japanaese Snowbell (Styrax japonica).

2016 Living City Tree Planting Program

Approximately 40 trees were planted on St. George’s and several of the side streets approaching St. George’s. This street was identified as a suitable site for the Living City Tree Planting program because it currently lacks street trees, the street connects several prominent open spaces

and local parks and is a popular walking route for local residents and school kids. It is also a busy street and the addition of trees will mitigate the sound and pollution from vehicles. Columnar trees were selected for one side of the street because of the narrow boulevard. Tree species included Lavelle Hawthorn Crataegus x lavallei, Crimson Spire Oak Quercus robur x Q.alba ‘Crimschmidt’, ‘Japanese Tree Lilac Syringa reticulate

2015 Living City Tree Planting Program

Approximately 40 trees were planted on 4 blocks of E.9th street. This street was identified as a suitable site for the Living City Tree Planting program because it currently lacks street trees, the street connects several

prominent open spaces and local parks and is a popular walking route for local residents and school kids. On the south side of the 400 block is the local elementary school (Ridgeway Community School). Additionally,

East 9th intersects several current and future greenways and bike routes. Tree species included 15 Street Keeper’ Gleditsia Gleditisia triacanthos , 20 Korean Dogwood Cornus kousa, 15 Hedge Maple Acer campestre, and 25 Lavelle’s Hawthorne Crataegus x lavallei.

2014 Living City Tree Planting Program

City of North Vancouver staff planted 62 trees on the 200, 300 and 400 blocks of West 15th between the end of February and beginning of March, 2014. 

The trees selected were Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry Amelanchier and Golden Desert Ash Fraxinus excelsior ‘Golden Desert’ .  These species were reviewed and approved by BC Hydro as appropriate trees for planting under power lines. City crews utilized a Vactor Truck to excavate precisely located and sized holes and installed root barrier at each tree.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      


Funding Partners

In addition to the core funding provided by the City through it's annual budget process, the City gratefully acknowledges the generous funding support through BC Hydro's 2013 Re-greening Grant and Tree Canada.







Contact Info

Craig Bench
Urban Forestry Technician
Phone: 604-998-3291
Email: cbench@cnv.org

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