The NeighbourWoods Program is a residential planting initiative developed to encourage citizens to help grow and preserve Kelowna’s healthy neighbourhoods' urban forest.

Pre order your tree here

Each tree is $40 + GST. To pre-order online, you'll need to have an active online recreation account. If you've used the online registration system to sign up for an Active Living and Culture program in the past year, you likely already have an account. To set up a new account, call 250-469-8800.

You can also pay by credit card over the phone by calling 250-469-8800, or visit the friendly staff at Parkinson Recreation Centre to pay by cash, debit, or credit card. Trees will be available for purchase until sold out.

Tree pick up:

The NeighbourWoods event and tree pick up will be on Saturday, April 13, 2019. Individuals can pick up their tree between 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Mission Recreation Park Arboretum, 4105 Gordon Drive. Please bring your receipt (if applicable), proof of residency and a vehicle that is appropriate for transporting a tree.

For more information on the program, check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

2019 Tree Varieties
Autumn Blaze® Maple

Acer x freemanii ‘Jeffersred’
Height:  40‐50 feet   Spread:  20+ feet    Sunlight: full sun   Hardiness Zone: 4

Description: The Autumn Blaze Maple is a fast growing deciduous shade tree that is a hybrid of Red and Silver Maple that has become one of the most popular street and landscape trees. The maple can grow quite large if the conditions are right.

Ornamental Attributes: Autumn Blaze Maple has with deeply lobed rich green leaves, that turn spectacular shades of orange‐red in the fall. The foliage is very attractive with a showy flower in the spring.

Landscape Attributes: Autumn Blaze Maple is a deciduous tree with an upright and round growth habit. This alluring tree will work in modern landscapes as well as being used as a dominant feature tree in your yard. This is a relatively low maintenance tree, with spring feeding of all‐purpose fertilizer prior to new spring growth. Very little pruning is necessary.

Plant Characteristics: Autumn Blaze Maple will grow to be up to 50 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 20+ feet. It has a high canopy with a typical clearance of 8 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 80 years or more. This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It is quite adaptable, preferring to grow in average conditions. Regular watering is required initially but overall the tree is fairly drought tolerant especially for a maple.

Carnival Hedge Maple

Carnival Hedge Maple Acer campestre ‘Carnival’
Height: 10 feet   Spread: 2-10 feet   Sunlight: partial sun/shade   Moisture: moderate   Hardiness Zone: 4 

Description: The Carnival Hedge Maple is a small deciduous tree with 3-5 lobed, variegated foliage.

Ornamental Attributes: An attractive addition, this tree emerges with hints of pink in the spring and matures into stunning green/white foliage with broad margins throughout the season.

Landscape Attributes: The Carnival Hedge Maple is a deciduous tree that blends into the landscape nicely, adding colour and structure to a landscaped bed. The tree has low canopy clearance if left alone. Some lifting of the lower branches can be imposed if you need more bed space and light.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree with only minor pruning required after the tree is established (2 years). Pruning should occur in the summer after the leaves have developed. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Plant Characteristics: The Carnival Hedge Maple can grow to be 10 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3-10 feet. This tree should can be grown in partial sun or shade. Try to protect the foliage from the afternoon sun to avoid sun scorching. This small tree is quite adaptable, preferring to be grown with moderate watering. It also prefers acidic soils making it ideal for the Okanagan Valley. It is somewhat tolerant to urban pollution.

Prairie Stature Oak

Prairie Stature OakQuercus x bimundorum ‘Midwest’
Height: 20-40 feet   Spread: 20 feet   Sunlight: Full sun   Moisture: Moderate   Hardiness Zone: 3 

Description: A resilient and stately oak tree with a pyramidal habit of growth. A new cross between bur oak and English oak, this tree provides the best of both.

Ornamental Attributes: Prairie Stature Oak has non-ornamental flowers but provides year-round interest through its shape and retention of leaves. Emerald green glossy-leather leaves turn a stunning deep red in the fall.

Landscape Attributes: This oak is a dense, deciduous tree that will provide ample shade when mature. The canopy can be pruned in late winter after it is established, but little maintenance is required to maintain its growth habit.

Plant Characteristics: The Prairie Stature Oak will grow to be around 30-40 feet tall at maturity, with a typical spread of around 20 feet. It will provide acorns, which can require clean up annually. This is an exceptionally hardy tree with few pest issues and does very well under urban stress. This oak has a moderate growth rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 100 years or more – a true legacy tree!

Japanese Tree Lilac

Syringa reticulate “Ivory Silk” 
Height: 25 feet   Spread: 20 feet   Sunlight: Full sun   Moisture: Average but can tolerant periods of drought   Hardiness Zone: 3a

Description: A first rate accent tree adorned with frothy upright panicles of creamy white flowers in early summer. Interesting, dark red bark and a dense upright habit make it an ideal choice for small landscapes.

Ornamental Attributes: Japanese Tree Lilacs feature showy plumes of fragrant, creamy white flowers rising above the foliage from late spring to early summer, when few trees are blooming. The smooth, dark red bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape. It does not develop any appreciable fall color.

Landscape Attributes:

  • Deer and drought intolerant
  • Accent plant as it blooms when little else is flowering
  • Requires minimal to no pruning

Plant Characteristics: Japanese Tree Lilacs will grow to be about 25 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 feet. It has a low canopy with typical clearance of 5 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting underneath power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more. This is a relatively low maintenance tree, requiring minimal pruning with high pest and disease resistance and is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your garden. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and thrives in inner city environments.

Redpointe® Maple

Acer rubrum ‘Frank Jr'
Height: 35-40 feet   Spread: 20-30 feet   Sunlight: Full sun   Moisture: Moderate to moist   Hardiness Zone: 5

Description: The Redpointe® Maple is a new tree on the scene, but is growing quickly in popularity due to its heat tolerance, fast growth, and stunning fall color. Slightly smaller than its cousin, the Autumn Blaze®, these maples can still grow fairly large if the conditions are right.

Ornamental Attributes: During the growing season, these trees will boast deep green leaves that resist chlorosis or leaf burn that can sometimes affect maples. Leaves reliably turn a scorching bright red early in the fall, adding significant visual impact. Attractive bark provides winter interest.

Landscape Attributes: Redpointe® Maples are deciduous trees with a refined, teardrop growth habit. This tree is very attractive and will work in modern landscapes as well as a dominant feature tree in your yard.

A spring feeding of all-purpose fertilizer prior to new spring growth will help keep this tree looking its best. Pruning, if desired, should be completed in summer after the leaves have developed. This is a great shade tree.

Plant Characteristics: A Redpointe® Maple will grow to be up to 45 feet tall at maturity with a spread of up to 30 feet, making it a poor choice for being planted underneath power lines. It grows at a fast rate and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 80 years or more. This tree can be grown in full sunlight to partial shade. It is highly adaptable and fairly tolerant of urban conditions, and has been cultivated to have increased resistance to pests and leaf burn.

Tuxedo White Ash

Fraxinus americana ‘Durgar’
Height: 50-80 feet   Spread: 40 feet   Sunlight: Full sun  Moisture: Moderate   Hardiness Zone: 3a

Description: A large shade tree that begins with an oval growth habit, spreading over time to provide a round and spreading canopy. Green summer foliage gives way to deep purple and maroon fall colours.

Ornamental Attributes: The Tuxedo White Ash has clusters of flowers in early spring, with foliage emerging later than other varieties. The seeds are called beechnuts and are not edible from this variety. The diamond pattern on mature bark adds an interesting winter dimension.

Landscape Attributes: This is a large, deciduous tree with a wide canopy, and will become a central feature of your yard. It is recommended as a shade tree for large spaces, providing cover for other vegetation and for homes or other outbuildings.

Plant Characteristics: Tuxedo White Ash may grow to 50 feet tall or more at maturity, with a spread of up to 40 feet. Leaves are compound, meaning there are 5-9 leaflets on a stem that is shed each fall. It grows at a medium to fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 90 years or more. This tree should not be planted under power lines or in confined spaces. It is quite adaptable, and fairly tolerant of urban pollution. Regular watering is required initially but over time the tree is fairly drought tolerant.

Why NeighbourWoods?

Trees improve air quality by removing atmospheric carbon dioxide, absorbing pollutants and producing oxygen. The average Canadian urban tree is estimated to remove approximately 200 kg of carbon from the environment over an 80 year lifespan. 

According to an Urban Forest Effects Analysis  completed in 2007, Kelowna’s current tree canopy at about 13 per cent, while the recommended tree cover for our area is 20 per cent. Other threats to the urban forest such as pine beetle, wildfire or development could further reduce our already low tree cover. NeighbourWoods has been designed to help over come some of these obstacles while providing many benefits including:

Mitigating Climate Change

Trees absorb carbon dioxide, the primary gas causing global climate change. Trees retain the carbon from the CO2 molecule and release oxygen into the atmosphere. The carbon makes up half the dry weight of a tree. Planting new trees remains one of the cheapest, most effective means of drawing excess CO2 from the atmosphere. One acre of forestland will sequester between 150 - 200 tons of CO2 in its first 40 years. 

Energy Conservation

Properly placed trees near buildings can significantly lower summer temperatures and act as a winter windbreak, reducing the need for cooling or heating. Studies show that summer daytime temperatures can be up to 3 degrees Celsius cooler in neighbourhoods with mature tree canopies when compared to newly developed areas. By reducing energy usage, additional carbon emissions from power plants are also avoided.

Water Conservation

Trees intercept significant amounts of precipitation, reducing the costs associated with storm water management as well as reducing runoff which carries salts, fertilizers, and other pollutants into creeks and lakes. 

Air Quality

Air pollution can be serious threat to human health, and trees produce many net benefits for overall air quality improvement.
Social Benefits: Studies have found that a view of trees was associated with benefits such as a faster recovery time after surgery, improved mental health and well being.

Economic Benefits

Numerous studies have documented a significant increase in property values and rental income associated with attractive tree cover and landscaping.

Since 2010, residents have purchased more than 4,000 discounted trees to plant on their properties.

Not sure how to plant a tree? Check out the video below:

How to Plant a Tree