NeighbourWoods

NeighbourWoods is a residential planting initiative developed to encourage citizens to help grow and preserve Kelowna’s urban forest. Each year, Kelowna residents can purchase one tree per household for the low price of $50 (plus GST).

Since 2010, residents have purchased more than 5,000 discounted trees to plant on their properties.   

By purchasing and planting a tree through NeighbourWoods, you're making a positive impact on the environment. To learn more about the benefits of urban trees, visit our Urban trees page

NeighbourWoods - Fall 2021

Fall trees are now sold out. Thank you so much for your support, Kelowna! You are helping to grow our urban canopy one tree at a time.

Due to COVID-19 restricting in-person gatherings, trees will be delivered to residents’ homes on October 7, 2021. Please ensure that your full address is correct when purchasing your tree online.

Please note that tree sales are restricted to one tree per household per year. If you purchased a tree in spring 2021, you are not eligible to purchase a fall tree due to demand.

2021 fall tree varieties
Galaxy Magnolia

Magnolia liliiflora x Magnolia sprengeri
Height: 25‐35 feet   Spread: 20-25 feet   Sunlight: full to partial sun   Moisture: Moderate   Soil type: slightly acidic to neutral   Hardiness Zone: 5-9

Description: The Galaxy Magnolia is a NeighbourWoods favourite! As a smaller option, it is an easy to maintain and beautiful tree, making it the perfect showpiece in front or backyards.

Ornamental Attributes: During the growing season these trees will boast oval rich green leaves, but it is the long-lasting, large dark pink flowers in spring that will steal the show. This tree blooms a little later than most, helping it escape any early spring frost damage.

Landscape Attributes: Galaxy Magnolias are single-stemmed, deciduous trees with an upright growth habit. This tree is very attractive and will work in modern landscapes as well as a dominant feature tree in your yard. Requiring little maintenance, a spring feeding of all-purpose fertilizer prior to new spring growth and minor pruning will help keep this tree looking its best. Pruning should be completed in mid-summer after the leaves have fully developed.

Plant Characteristics: A Galaxy magnolia can grow to be up to 30-35 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of up to 25 feet. It has a low to moderate canopy height, and it a great option for planting in smaller spaces where overhead or nearby obstacles limit the growing space. It grows at a moderate rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 80 years or more. Does best with regular watering in well-drained soils, using root-zone mulch to help retain soil moisture.

Galilean Kousa Dogwood

Cornus kousa chinensis ‘Galzam’’
Height: 15‐20 feet   Spread: 20 feet   Sunlight: full to partial sun   Moisture: Moderate   Soil type: tolerant of most  Hardiness Zone: 5-8

Description: The Galilean Kousa Dogwood is an all-season beauty! Most stunning are the star-shaped white blooms that take over the canopy in late spring. Fun fact – these showy blooms are actually modified leaves called ‘bracts’ that surround small, yellowish flowers!

Ornamental Attributes: This dogwood will bloom with bright white bracts in late spring, with red fruits emerging shortly after, attracting birds through the summer and fall. In the fall leathery green foliage turns red, orange and scarlet. In winter, exfoliating & mottled tan/grey bark adds interest to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes: Galilean Kousa Dogwoods are deciduous trees with a round form. Its smaller size makes it an easy addition to almost any space, and it can be complemented by one or two larger trees to create an interesting composition.

Plant Characteristics: This dogwood requires relatively little maintenance, being generally pest free. If pruning is necessary to maintain a tidy habit, it should be done in summer after leaves have fully developed in order to prevent ‘bleeding’ sap. Galilean Kousas can adapt to most soil conditions but will do best in average to moist, loamy soil. It grows at a slow to medium rate and requires mulch or other protection around its base from lawnmowers and damage.

Ivory Silk Japanese Tree Lilac

Syringa reticulata ‘Ivory Silk’
Height: 20‐30 feet   Spread: 10-20 feet   Sunlight: full sun   Moisture: Average, but can tolerant periods of drought   Soil type: not particular to soil type or pH   Hardiness Zone: 3-7

Description: A beautiful accent tree adorned with clusters 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 Lilac features showy plumes of fragrant white flowers from late spring to early summer when few trees are blooming. It has dark green foliage through the growing season but does not develop any appreciable fall colour. Fruit is not significant.

Landscape Attributes: Deer and drought tolerant, the Ivory Silk Tree Lilac is a dense, multi-stemmed deciduous tree with an upright growth habit. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard or garden.

Plant Characteristics: Japanese Tree Lilac 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. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and thrives in inner city environments.

Magyar Gingko

Ginkgo biloba ‘Magyar’
Height: 40‐50 feet   Spread: 20-30 feet   Sunlight: full sun   Moisture: moderate   Soil type: tolerant of most   Hardiness Zone: 3-8

Description: The ginkgo is a large, unique tree in the Okanagan. Considered to be a ‘living fossil’; they are the only surviving member of a group of ancient plants that lived about 150 million years ago.

Ornamental Attributes: Distinctive fan-shaped rich green leaves change to a stunning bright yellow in the fall and stay on for several weeks. Our stock is an all-male (fruitless) cultivar which doesn’t produce messy seeds.

Landscape Attributes: Ginkgos are deciduous trees with an upright growth habit. This tree is very attractive and will work in modern landscapes as well as a dominant feature tree in your yard.

Plant Characteristics: Requiring relatively little maintenance, ginkgos tolerate most urban conditions including salt, heat and air pollution. They are generally pest free and are a great shade tree. A gingko can grow to be over 50 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of up to 30 feet. It has a high canopy with a typical clearance of 8 feet from the ground and should not be planted underneath power lines or in smaller spaces. It grows at a slower rate for the first few years but then will accelerate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for over 150 years.

Northern Herald® Redbud

Cercis canadensis ‘Pink Trim’
Height: 15‐20 feet   Spread: 15-20 feet   Sunlight: partial sun   Moisture: moderate   Soil type: tolerant of most   Hardiness Zone: 3-8

Description: The Northern Herald® is a hardy redbud variety, known both for its great colour and climate tolerance. It is a statement choice, making an excellent focus point for your yard with stunning spring colour.

Ornamental Attributes: This redbud will bloom with bright magenta pink flowers in early spring, and in the fall dark green foliage turns a burnt yellow.

Landscape Attributes: Northern Herald® redbuds are deciduous trees with a shapely round form. Its smaller size makes it an easy addition to almost any space, and it can be complemented by one or two larger trees to create an interesting composition.

Plant Characteristics: This redbud requires relatively little maintenance, being generally pest free and producing little fruit. If pruning is necessary, it should be done in summer after leaves have fully developed in order to prevent ‘bleeding’ sap. Northern Herald® redbuds can adapt to most soil conditions but will do best in average to moist, well-drained soil. It grows at a medium rate and has moderate heat and wind tolerance.

Redpointe® Maple

 Acer rubrum ‘Frank Jr’
Height: 35‐45 feet   Spread: 20-30 feet   Sunlight: full sun   Moisture: moderate to moist   Soil type: prefers slightly acidic but tolerant  Hardiness Zone: 3-6

Description: The Redpointe® Maple is a NeighbourWoods favourite, 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 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. Very little pruning is required, but 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, so it is not a good choice for be 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 does best in full sunlight. It is highly adaptable, fairly tolerant of urban conditions, and has been cultivated to have increased resistance to pests and leaf burn.

Ordering a tree through NeighbourWoods

You can pre-order your tree online beginning September 1, 2021. If you dont already have a recreation account, you will need to set one up by calling 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.  

Tree orders can be cancelled as long as there’s someone on the waitlist for a tree. A $5 cancellation fee will apply. 

Tree availability & size

Trees that were available included: Galaxy Magnolia, Galilean Kousa Dogwood, Ivory Silk Japanese Tree Lilac, Magyar Gingko, Northern Herald® Redbud, Redpointe® Maple. See full descriptions above. Tree size will vary depending on the tree. Expect to receive a tree that is approximately six- to 12-feet tall. 

Waitlist for tree orders

You can waitlist for a tree online, by calling 250-469-8800, or in-person at the Parkinson Recreation Centre. Payment is not required for waitlist.  

Picking up a tree order

Due to COVID-19 restricting in-person gatherings, the usual tree pickup event is cancelled. Trees will instead be delivered to residents’ homes on October 7, 2021 between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m., with potential for delivery on Friday, October 8 before noon. Please ensure that your full address is correct when purchasing your tree online.

Tree order cancellations & refunds
Cancellations
 
You can only cancel your order and receive a refund if someone is on the waitlist for your tree. A $5 cancellation fee will apply. Trees that are unable to be delivered will be planted locally by City staff.
 
Refunds
 
There are no refunds for NeighbourWoods tree, even if your planted tree doesn’t survive. Help you tree thrive by reading the one-page tree planting guide (available during pickup) and accessing the resources in our Tree planting tips section below.
Tree plantings tips
Important things to consider

The following information is adapted from the International Society of Arboriculture:

  • The ideal time to plant trees is during the dormant season (fall or early spring) 
  • Exercise care in the storage and transportation of nursery stock to avoid stress or mechanical damage. Lift the tree by the root ball instead of the trunk. Don't allow roots to dry out. 
  • Before digging, locate all underground utility wires. Call (800) 474-6886. Please try to plant the tree where it will shade your home.
  • Dig a shallow, broad planting hole, with the hole widest at the top and sloping sides; at least 450-600mm (18-24 in) wider than the root ball diameter (or three to fives times wider than root ball diameter in compacted soils). Dig only to the same depth as the root ball. Identify the trunk flare (point where the roots spread at the base of the tree) to determine the proper depth of the hole. 
  • Water tree in pot. Remove the pot. Score and loosen the roots. Place the tree in the hole, at the proper height. Don't plant the tree lower than the trunk flare; it's better to plant a few inches higher than the trunk flare to allow for some settling. Straighten the tree and gently backfill the hole.
  • When backfilling, use the same soil that came out of the hole; if a different type of soil is used to fill the hole, this may result in problems with drainage around the root ball. If the native soil is extremely poor, topsoil or soil amendments may be necessary, but mix at least 50 per cent of the native soil in with any additional amendments; topsoil should match the same texture as the native soil and the hole should be much wider to allow for growth.
  • Firm the soil but don't pack. Water thoroughly. Remaining soil may be mounded into a berm to collect water in the root zone (leave a gap in the berm if the soil is clay). Fertilizer application at the time of planting isn't recommended.
  • Stake the tree only if necessary, as staked trees tend to develop weaker trunks and smaller root systems. Remove support staking after the first year of growth to avoid girdling the stem. 
  • Mulch the base of the tree with 50- 100mm (2-4 in) of organic matter (e.g. straw, bark, peat moss, wood chips, leaf litter) to hold in moisture and protect against extreme soil temperatures. Keep mulch at least 25-50mm (1-2 in) away from the trunk to prevent decay. Don't apply too much mulch.
  • Water the tree for the first three years of establishment, about once a week during the growing season (more often during hot weather). Keep the soil moist but not soaked.
  • Prune sparingly after planting; corrective pruning should not be done until the tree has experienced a full year of new growth
  • Tree spacing will vary depending upon the geometry of the site and landscaping objectives. Consider the volume of soil available to each tree. If the soil volume is too low, then trees will be competing with each other for available water and nutrients. Keep in mind the mature size of the tree so that tree canopies won't become too closely packed as they grow. 
  • The three main reasons trees die after transplanting are underwatering, overwatering and when they're planted too deeply
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