Choosing my trees

How tall are the trees?

Our trees measure a minimum of 150 cm in height when they are distributed. It can happen, however, that depending on the variety and the year, they are larger than expected.

What height will the tree achieve in its maturity?

View the datasheets of the trees to see their average height at maturity.

How much tree's roots will extend ?

The roots also allow the tree to anchor itself in the ground, the large woody roots stabilize the tree and the absorption function is performed by the rootlets.
Any mutilation, removal or asphyxiation of the roots must be prohibited. So, stripping or backfilling of soil around an established tree should be avoided, as the first soil horizons are concentrated in absorption roots.
In an urban environment, the classification of root systems is rather theoretical because these systems evolve according to the characteristics of the environment (presence of a water source, the shape of the planting pit, presence of strong prevailing winds, presence of a physical obstacle, etc. .) and thus move away from their typical architecture.
As a guide, here are three main types of rooting for trees:
– Pivot root: Mainly in conifers;
Consisting of the main root, plunging vertically into the soil as well as less vigorous lateral roots.
– Shallow roots: Horizontal roots with short vertical pivots. The surface used is extensive, but shallow.
– Deep roots: Horizontal, oblique and vertical roots. The surface used is more or less extensive, but deeper.

Which trees are growing fast?

We try to offer you rapid-growth trees among our selection. View the datasheets of the trees to see which ones are.

What is a self-fertilizing fruit tree?

Fruit trees are classified into two broad categories: self-fertile and self-sterile.

A self-fertile species can produce fruit by self-fertilization. In other words, it means that the pollen of a tree can fertilize the flowers of the same tree or the same variety. These trees can be planted alone and still produce fruits.

A self-sterile tree can NOT produce fruit by self-fertilization. The pollen of a tree can NOT fertilize flowers of the same variety. It is essential to have in its vicinity, another variety of the same species to allow fruit production. For example, two apple trees of the same variety cannot pollinate.

It should be noted that, even for a self-fertile species, it is better to plant another variety nearby for better production.

When will fruit trees produce fruit?

The minimum age a fruit tree has to be in order to yield fruits varies from the tree itself and the variety. In most cases, trees sold as part of A Tree for My Neighborhood have already reached this age. In fact, many trees carry flowers at the time of delivery (spring) or fruits (fall).

It is recommended to remove flowers and fruits for the first two years to help the development of the tree. It will use less energy to produce its fruits and will instead focus on developing its roots system deep in the soil.

Which tree should I plant in an urban environment with limited sunshine?

To find out which tree matches your land and its sunshine, view the datasheets of the trees.

Several search criteria, including sun exposure, will help you make the best choice.

Which tree species should I choose for a small back yard?

For a confined space, it is best to choose a tree of small deployment. More information is available in each tree datasheet documentation.

View the datasheets of the trees to find out which trees match your land best.

Can I choose the tree that I will receive ?

A tree for my neighbourhood doesn’t work as a commercial tree nursery. When you come to pickup your tree or when it is delivered to you, you cannot choose it. We give/deliver as people come to pick it up.

Before buying my trees

I live in Montréal, but I’d like to plant my tree outside of the island, is it possible?

Unfortunately, it is not possible. The City of Montréal and some of the Suburban Municipalities
subsidize trees to be planted on the island of Montreal.

The trees must be planted on the Island of Montreal, at the address provided during the purchase.

Can you plant trees in sidewalk extension?

It is not possible to plant in the sidewalk extension since they are public property. The trees must be planted on your private property.

Can I plant a tree if I am a tenant?

It is possible only with written authorization from your landlord.

Can I plant my tree under a high-tension line?

We suggest that you consult the measurement tools provided by Hydro-Québec.

Also, View the datasheets of the trees, where is specified the required space according to the characteristics of the selected tree.

What is the City's by-law for planting trees?

All the trees offered as part of A Tree for My Neighbourhood can be planted on the Island of Montréal. For more specific information regarding the by-laws, please refer to your borough or city.

Buying my trees

Is there a maximum number of trees I can purchase?

No, the only restriction is the amount of space available on your property.

IMPORTANT: Your tree must be planted on the Island of Montreal, at the address provided during the purchase.

How much do the trees cost?

Thanks to the support of the City of Montréal, the regular trees are priced at $25 each and $35 for fruit trees, for citizens located in the City of Montréal. Some Suburban Municipalities, namely Dorval, Kirkland and Pincourt, also subsidize the program.

Citizens of Suburban Municipalities who do not subsidize the program can purchase regular trees at $85 each or $95 for fruit trees.

We also offer coniferous trees at $45 and rarer species at $55. Unsubsidized, these trees are offered at $105 and $115 respectively,

Why do Suburban Municipalities pay more for their trees?

The trees are not subsidized by most of the Suburban Municipalities.

Dorval, Kirkland et Pincourt are the exceptions which, like the City of Montréal, subsidize trees to make them accessible to their citizens at a low price of $ 25 to $ 55.

If I change my mind, can I exchange my tree for a different kind?

Exchanges are possible throughout the campaign but are no longer accepted after sales close.

We trade between trees of the same category, i.e. a fruit tree in exchange for another fruit tree, etc. If you wish to change the tree category, we will refund your original purchase and you can then make a new purchase with the tree of your choice.

For an exchange, contact us.

How do I get a refund?

Refunds are possible throughout the campaign but are no longer accepted after sales close.

To request a refund, contact us.

| If the tree is in bad condition, are you going to replace it? 2

We strongly encourage you to plant your tree. Trees are living things that, once planted, can flourish. If the tree does not survive its first year, we will replace it through warranty activation. Contact us to find out more.

If my tree dies in the first year, will it be replaced?

Yes, if the death of the tree is not due to negligence on the part of the owner, an act of vandalism or an extreme weather phenomenon (extreme cold, heavy rains, heatwave, etc.) we will replace it. To find out what to do, contact us.

Picking-up my trees

Is there a delivery service?

Several eco-quartiers are offering a delivery service, payable with your online purchase. In some instances, the delivery is free and mandatory. To learn more, visit our Pickup your tree page.

Is there a planting service?

Several eco-quartiers are offering a planting service, payable with your online purchase. To learn more, visit our Pickup your tree page.

Where and when will I pick up my tree?

Tree pickup will take place around mid-June for the Spring campaign and mid-October for the Fall campaign. For all details, visit our Pickup your tree page.

Is it possible to pickup and move my tree in a small car?

At the time of delivery, the trees measure between 1.5 and 2 meters (sometimes more depending on the variety and year), to which must be added a ± 30 cm for the height of the pot. It is therefore normally possible to transport them in a car.

It is impossible for me to pick up my tree on the delivery schedule, what should I do?

Please contact the organization in charge of the distribution of your tree to let them know. Visit our Pickup your tree page to find out their contact details.


Planting and maintaining my trees

How should I plant my tree?

The Planting your tree page is entirely devoted to this question. Our expert Dominique Labranche will guide you with photos and videos, where each step is very clearly detailed.

You can also download our planting instructions sheet there.

How do we use the mycorrhizae?

We suggest you rub a generous handful of the product (mycorrhizae) directly on the tree root ball. See the Plant your tree page for all of our planting tips.

How long can I leave the tree in its pot before planting it?

Although it is recommended to plant it quickly, a tree can remain in its pot for a few weeks if it is protected from the sun (to prevent the roots from overheating due to the black colour of the pots) and if it is watered regularly. Daily watering may sometimes even be necessary for hot weather (soil dries out faster in a pot). It is not recommended to leave a tree in its pot during the winter, because its roots could freeze and this will cause the death of the tree.

Can I plant my tree in a pot on my balcony?

No. The trees sold in the A Tree for My Neighborhood campaign are species that grow a lot of roots and need to be planted in the ground to survive.

Is fall a good season to plant a tree?

Yes, this is the best time to plant a tree as the soil is moister. There are therefore fewer risks of dehydration and water stress.

How often should I water my tree?

Water regularly and generously during the first two years after planting, especially during periods of dry spells. Allow the topsoil to dry slightly between watering.

Does my tree absolutely need a stake ?

The addition of support is not mandatory but is strongly recommended when the tree is planted in a windy location or when it is large and worn to tip over on its side. See the Maintenance page for various maintenance tips.

Should I protect my tree from rodents?

It is best to install a tree guard in the fall. However, it is advisable to remove it in the spring and put it back the following fall. This protection is recommended for the first years of the tree’s life.

Still unanswered questions?

For more details on the services offered and the distribution of trees, visit the Pickup your tree page and contact the organization in charge of the distribution in you area.
For any other questions, contact us!