Tree For Me

we have a free tree for you!

 

At Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation (TPTF), we believe all Torontonians should have access to trees and the many benefits they provide. This community-based partnership makes it easy for Toronto residents to get no-cost  native trees for their backyards.

 

Tree For Me events help put more trees in our yards, more trees in our communities, and more trees in our city.

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Before matching yourself with a tree, you should know where you want to plant your tree and match your planting location with the most appropriate tree. 

 

Tips for selecting a planting location

  1. Consider your goals:
    1. Are you looking to conserve energy? 

    2. Are you looking for a windbreak? 
    3. Are you looking for curb appeal?
    4. Are you looking for privacy?
  2. Consider how you use the space and your long-term plans for the space that might impact your new tree's growth.
  3. Take note of any surrounding trees and shrubs near your planting area that may affect your new tree's growth. 

Once you have decided where you want to plant your tree, make note of the following: 

  1. Soil type
  2. Drainage
  3. Hours of direct sunlight per day
  4. Available space below and above ground.
 

Call before you dig! it's the law. 

Hydro One's On1Call program provides free locates. 

right tree, right place.

Planting the right tree in the right place is key to success.

Before registering to receive a tree, please ensure you select the most appropriate tree for your planting location. We suggest first using the quiz below to help you find the right tree for you, then reviewing the species information page. Only after you have made your decision should you register for an event. 

Having trouble determining the soil type of your planting location? This soil type test is quick and simple. 

 
 
 

species overview

  • All trees in the Tree For Me program are sourced from native local seed stock.
  • Trees come in two gallon buckets, weigh approximately 5 lbs (2.3 kg) and are 2 to 5 feet (61-152cm) tall.
  • Trees will fit in a car, grocery trolly or on the TTC
  • Trees are provided by Baker Forestry Services who specialize in growing native, seed zone specific, trees and shrubs.
 
 

Red Maple

We love this species because of it's ability to grow in almost any condition, provided it has enough room for its shallow roots to spread out. With it's vibrant red colour in the autumn season, this tree is sure to steal the show. 

Red Oak

With it's high tolerance to salt, quick growth and ability to grow in difficult conditions, this shade-providing tree is a great choice for planting near roadways. Be mindful of overhead wires as this species needs ample overhead space to grow it's limbs. 

 

Sugar Maple

If you're willing to wait, this maple will one day be a source of our beloved maple syrup. This species makes an excellent shade tree with its full crown, provided it is planted away from other trees. With its low salt-tolerance, this tree should be planted in a yard and not along a roadway. 

White Pine

If you're a Group of Seven fan, you might also be a fan of the white pine. Ontario's provincial tree was once abundant in the area, but due to it's vertical trunk, it was harvested to make masts for the British navy. This beautiful species prefers to be planted near other trees that can protect it from high winds. 

 

Serviceberry

This shrub species is excellent for those with little room to plant a tree. The serviceberry plays an important role in the urban ecosystem by providing edible berries for you and local wildlife, as well as habitat to beneficial insects. We really love this shrub's early spring flowers. 

White Cedar

With a spread of only 4 square feet, this shrub is suitable for those with minimal yard space.  The white cedar takes well to pruning, making it great for those looking for a natural fence or a decorative shrub. 

 

This tree species matrix is a shorthand of all the information found on the six (6) tree species information sheets. Compare each species and determine the most appropriate tree for you! 

Compare all species 

Event Listings

There are currently no events. Please check back April 1, 2018 for event listings. 


Need to make changes to your registration?

  • If you want to change your species, event, or cancel your order, please submit requests below. 
  • Please allow up to 48 hours for changes to be made. 
  • Changes to orders cannot be made within 72 hours (3 days) of your chosen event. 
 
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Mark your calendar! 

Trees must be picked up at the event you registered for. Please provide 72 hours notice if you cannot pick up your tree. 

 

Tree Planting and Care Guide

Use this easy-to-follow tree planting and care guide when planting your new tree or shrub. 


Map your tree to make it count!

Mapping your tree makes your tree count towards Toronto's 40% tree canopy goal. 

We'll also send you quarterly newsletters with seasonal tree care tips and survival surveys.