The City of Edmonton is responsible for over 1 million trees that make up our urban forest. Crews work behind the scenes to keep Edmonton's tree canopy healthy, safe and beautiful.
The City maintains a comprehensive inventory of all Boulevard and Open Space Trees on City owned property.
To learn more about a specific tree in your neighbourhood, please visit the Open Data Tree Map.
For the past several years, the City has lost roughly 3,000 boulevard and park trees annually. Trees succumb to pests and disease, construction damage, drought, vehicle collisions, storm damage, age, and other external circumstances. In order to maintain the size of Edmonton’s urban forest, the City replants approximately 3,000 trees through the Tree Replacement program.
Tree species are selected for a variety of reasons including site conditions and proximity to surrounding infrastructure. Additionally, one of Urban Forestry’s primary goals is to increase the amount of biodiversity within the canopy, which is especially important in our changing climate and in an effect to reduce the impact of disease and pests.
The City has a crew of ISA-certified arborists that prune trees on a regular schedule. Pruning promotes long-term health and structure and helps to eliminate potential safety concerns.
Please note that the Community Standards Bylaw regulates the removal, pruning, transportation, storage, and sale of elm trees in the city to ensure that the trees remain free of Dutch Elm Disease. Elm tree pruning is only permitted between October 1 and March 31.
The City hires a crew of contracted water trucks to water newly-planted trees for approximately 3 years to ensure growth and establishment.
As part of its beautification initiatives, the City of Edmonton strings over 2,000 trees with sparkling lights. These trees are primarily located in the Business Improvement Areas of the City, with other installations at locations such as City Hall, Giovanni Caboto and Ezio Faraone Parks. To learn more, visit Tree Lighting Program.
Storms and heavy winds can sometimes have a negative impact on our urban forest canopy, especially by breaking large branches of mature trees. The City quickly responds by organizing crews to work on impacted areas for a safe and efficient cleanup.
The City of Edmonton has operated Old Man Creek Nursery since 1910. Currently, the nursery grows, receives, and cares for the trees, shrubs, and wildflowers that are planted by the City Operations department. This effort supports the growth and health of our urban forest canopy by providing high-quality, disease-free plant material. Annually, the nursery cares for approximately 3,000 trees, 100,000 native plants, and 3,500 shrubs. The City’s Old Man Creek Nursery is also engaged in trials to test and develop new tree species to increase the diversity of the urban forest and create a healthy and sustainable urban forest.
City trees are assessed on a bi-annual basis to ensure that proper treatment, removal, or replacement are scheduled, as required.
If there is an immediate safety hazard to the public, please phone 311 immediately.