You can request a tree for the municipal boulevard next to your property, subject to the City’s review and approval.

Requesting a tree

To request a tree, contact the Infrastructure & Operations Dispatch at publicworks@thunderbay.ca  or call 625-2195 you will be added to the two-year waiting list. After you receive permission from the city, pay the full cost (approximately $500) of a 60 mm diameter tree and have it planted. Make sure to check utility lines through ON1Call. You will receive a tax receipt provided by the City of Thunder Bay.

Not all boulevard locations qualify

Not all boulevard locations will qualify due to space and utility restrictions.

Requirements

Trees require space above and below ground to absorb nutrients and water. You must account for paving, overhead wires and underground utilities before planting. Any interference with other trees, compacted soil, and cramped areas can stress trees, leaving them more susceptible to disease and pests.

Minimum space requirements

The planting site should meet the following minimum space requirements:

  • Distance from street curb line (corner) - 9 m
  • Distance from driveway - 3.3 m
  • Distance from fence/property line - 1 m
  • Distance from existing trees - 6 m
  • Distance from stumps (including those recently ground) - 1.5 m
  • Distance from street lamp - 3.3 m
  • Distance from water/sewer lines - 3.3 m
  • Distance from gas, telephone and hydro lines - 1.5 m

Selecting your tree

A limited selection of boulevard trees is viable. We make every effort to provide the tree species requested; however, tree species selection will ultimately be determined after consultation and based upon availability.

Larger planting areas

For larger planting areas where there are no overhead restrictions, the following species may be a good fit:

Manitoba Maple

  • Height: 14 m
  • Form: rounded
  • Foliage: green, pinnately compound
  • Fall Colour: yellow/brown
  • Flowers: yellow-spring
  • Note: hardier, seedless variety, fast growing, short lived

Silver Cloud Silver Maple

  • Height: 17 m
  • Form: oval
  • Foliage: green 5 lobed
  • Fall Colour: bright yellow, some burgundy
  • Flowers: small, dull red/orange
  • Note: fast growing, bark splits to show orangey colour underneath

Ohio Buckeye

  • Height: 6-12 m
  • Form: rounded
  • Foliage: green, Palmate compound
  • Fall Colour: yellow to red
  • Flowers: cream, upright, large, fragrant
  • Note: beige coloured prickly fruits containing nuts eaten by wildlife, long lived slow growing tree

Autumn Splendor Buckeye

  • Height: 10m
  • Form: rounded
  • Foliage: dark green, Palmate compound
  • Fall Colour: bright red
  • Flowers: cream, upright, large, fragrant
  • Note: beige coloured prickly fruits containing nuts eaten by wildlife

Prairie Horizon Alder

  • Height: 12m
  • Form: oval rounded
  • Foliage: dark green
  • Fall Colour: yellow
  • Flowers: purple catkins followed by brown stabiles (flowers in catkin) in fall
  • Note: fast growing, tolerant of difficult and dry sites

Hackberry

  • Height: 14 m
  • Form: round
  • Foliage: green, birch-like
  • Fall Colour: golden
  • Flowers: showy, white
  • Fruit: small, purple
  • Note: corky and rough bark, hardy tree, spring plant only

Butternut

  • Height: 14 m
  • Form: widespread
  • Foliage: opposite, compound leaves
  • Fall Colour: yellow
  • Flowers: not ornamentally important
  • Fruit: nuts
  • Note: slow growing, only on large boulevards or in parks

Skyfest Poplar

  • Height: 24 m
  • Form: upright
  • Foliage: green
  • Fall Colour: golden
  • Flowers and Fruit: not ornamentally significant                                    
  • Note: fast growing, parks only, male cottonwood

Northern Pin Oak

  • Height: 20 m
  • Form: irregularly rounded crown
  • Foliage: elliptic-oblong
  • Fall Colour: red
  • Flowers: not ornamentally important
  • Note: drought tolerant

Bur Oak

  • Height: 20 m
  • Form: broad crown
  • Foliage: green, obviate shape
  • Fall Colour: yellow/brown
  • Flowers: brown, not appealing
  • Note: slow growing, long lived, strong/straight stem, drought resistant

Red Oak

  • Height: 20 m
  • Form: rounded
  • Foliage: green, obovate shape
  • Fall Colour: rusty red
  • Flowers: pale yellow/green
  • Note: only planted in spring, strong, long lived, needs room

American Linden/Basswood

  • Height: 18 m
  • Form: oval
  • Foliage: heart shaped
  • Fall Colour: dark yellow
  • Flowers: small, white, fragrant
  • Note: great form, reliable

Dropmore Linden

  • Height: 15 m
  • Form: pyramidal
  • Foliage: very dark green, glossy
  • Fall Colour: yellow
  • Flowers: fragrant, cream coloured

Harvest Gold Linden

  • Height: 12m
  • Form: upright oval
  • Foliage: heart shaped, dark green
  • Fall Colour: golden-yellow
  • Flowers: small, yellow, fragrant
  • Note: attractive exfoliating grey bark

Triumph Elm

  • Height: 14+ m
  • Form: upright oval to vase
  • Foliage: glossy dark green
  • Fall Colour: bright yellow
  • Flowers: inconspicuous
  • Note: fast growing, Dutch Elm Disease resistant, drought tolerant

Discovery Elm

  • Height: 12 m
  • Form: vase/ symmetrical upright
  • Foliage: dark green
  • Fall Colour: yellow
  • Flowers: not ornamentally important
  • Note: slow growing, requires thinning when young, resistant to Dutch Elm Disease

Freeman Maple and Lord Selkirk Maple are also available.

Smaller planting areas

For smaller planting areas, or if there are overhead wires, these species may be a good fit:

Tatarian Maple

  • Height: 5.5 m
  • Form: upright, spreading
  • Foliage: lobbed, dark green
  • Fall Colour: brilliant red
  • Flowers: not ornamentally significant
  • Note: lots of showy red samaras (seeds)

Gladiator Crab Apple

  • Height: 6m
  • Form: upright narrow
  • Foliage: attractive deep purple foliage which emerges burgundy in spring
  • Fall Colour: yellow
  • Flowers: stunning clusters of fragrant pink flowers along the branches
  • Fruit: showy purple pomes carried in abundance from early to late fall

Starlite Crab Apple

  • Height: 8 m (not recommended under hydro lines)
  • Form: upright
  • Foliage: dark green, glossy
  • Fall Colour: yellow
  • Flowers: very showy, white
  • Fruit:  bright red, small, persistent 

Goldspur Amur Cherry

  • Height: 5m
  • Form: upright
  • Foliage: medium-green
  • Fall Colour: golden-yellow
  • Flowers: white, showy, fragrant
  • Fruit: tiny, black
  • Note: exfoliating orange/brown bark

Showy Mountain Ash

  • Height: 6 m
  • Form: rounded
  • Foliage: dark green, oval compound
  • Fall Colour: vibrant orange/red
  • Flowers: showy, white
  • Fruit: very red berries
  • Note: smooth olive green bark

Ivory Silk Tree Lilac

  • Height: 5 m
  • Form: rounded
  • Foliage: glossy, dark green
  • Fall Colour: brown
  • Flowers: spectacular, off-white, light fragrance
  • Note: tree version of its shrub cousin, salt tolerant

Nannyberry Tree

  • Height: 4 m
  • Form: dense branches that become more open as branches arch outwards.
  • Foliage: shiny dark green
  • Fall Colour: red
  • Flowers: creamy white clusters, no fragrance
  • Fruit: small drupe turns reddish, changing to bluish-black when mature
  • Note: food for wildlife

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