‘Tree’t your yard to a NeighbourWoods addition

April 16, 2018
Public service announcement

The demand has been high for NeighbourWoods trees this year and there are only 60 trees left for purchase. In its ninth year, the City’s NeighbourWoods program provides Kelowna residents with an affordable option to beautify their yards while contributing to Kelowna’s urban canopy. Two tree varieties remain, the Hot Wing Maple and the Cardinal Royal Mountain Ash. The last day to purchase a tree is Tuesday, April 17.

The Hot Wing Maple is a small accent tree that has dark green foliage throughout the season accented by blazing red hot seeds in the late summer and fiery colours in the fall. Drought tolerant, this tree will grow to be approximately 20-30 feet tall at maturity and thrives in full sunlight as well as partial shade.

The Cardinal Royal Mountain Ash is a narrow oval accent tree with showy clusters of white flowers in the spring and an abundance of red fruit clusters from early fall to late winter. Its smooth olive green bark adds an interesting dimension to its landscape and it while it is adaptable to both dry and moist locations, this ash tree should only be grown in full sunlight.

Ordering a NeighbourWoods tree is as easy as one, two, tree:

  • View the tree descriptions online at kelowna.ca/neighbourwoods.
  • Order online at kelowna.ca/neighbourwoods, by calling 250-469-8800 to pay by credit card, or by visiting the friendly staff at Parkinson Recreation Centre (1800 Parkinson Way) where cash, debit or credit is accepted.
  • Pick up the tree at the NeighbourWoods event on Saturday, April 21 at the Mission Recreation Park Arboretum, 4105 Gordon Drive between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Residents must bring ID or proof of Kelowna residency and a vehicle that is appropriate for transporting a tree.
  • Trees that are not picked up during the event will be donated to the City of Kelowna and planted on City property.

To register online, residents must have an active online recreation account or can set one up by calling 250-469-8800. The program is restricted to Kelowna residents and is limited to one tree per household.

For more information about Urban Forestry and the NeighbourWoods program, visit kelowna.ca/neighbourwoods.