2019 National Tree Day

on September 25, 2019

2019 National Tree Day

National Tree Day is the Wednesday of National Forest Week each year, this year it is Wednesday, September 25th. It is a day to celebrate trees and the many benefits they bring to our planet and immediately surrounding environments.

Cities coast to coast will be celebrating #NationalTreeDay with local events and tree plantings, here’s a couple taking place in Metro Vancouver :

Join Tree Canada to plant trees in North Vancouver.

Join the City of Surrey tree planting event later in National Forest Week on Saturday, September 28th.

National Forest Week West Coast Forest - mossy trees

National Forest Week invites all Canadians to learn about forests and raise awareness about this valuable and renewable resource. This national awareness week originated in 1920 as Forest Fire Prevention Week, to increase awareness towards Canada’s forests. At the time, while trees were not in short supply, forest fires posed the greatest threat and were generally started by humans. In 1967 the week was renamed National Forest Week and has evolved to generate awareness around all aspects of forests and trees.

Each year National Forest Week choses a theme related to trees and forests – this year’s theme is ‘Canada’s Forests: Diverse Outdoor Classrooms’.

The Canadian Institute of Forestry (CIF) lists some great ways you can participate in celebrating National Tree Day:

  • Take a walk in the woods, and get to know your local forest
  • Arrange a tree planting event with Tree Canada
  • Care for a newly planted or neglected tree, and study its species
  • Identify all the things at home or school that are made of wood
  • Learn about organizations that demonstrate sustainable forest management
  • Tour a forest sector industry or processing site
  • Learn about the prevention of forest fires
  • Learn more about National Forest Week
  • Host an event with your business, in your community or school

Learn more about National Forest Week and National Tree Day.

Many Benefits of Trees

As many people know, trees clean the air that we breath every single day. Some are tall and majestic, others are shorter and delicate with flowers – but all are beneficial to our environment in a multitude of ways. Learn more about what trees do for our environment from Tree Canada.

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2017 National Tree Day

on September 26, 2017

Feature Trees at Selections Nursery for National Tree Day 2017

National Tree Day takes place Sept. 27, 2017, the Wednesday of National Forest Week. This day serves as a time for all Canadians to celebrate something that we in the horticulture and landscaping industries celebrate every day – Trees!

Learn more about the history of National Tree Day.

Learn about the benefits of trees in our environment here or read on below our feature trees.

At Selections Nursery, we nurture and care for trees daily, here’s a few we’ve selected to highlight for this important celebration of nature.

Acer palmatum var. dissectum ‘Tamukeyama’ 

Acer palmatum var. dissectum 'Tamukeyama'
Acer palmatum var. dissectum ‘Tamukeyama’

Deep purple-red dissected leaves, brilliant fall colour and delicate weeping branches; this dwarf tree is a real specimen. Acer ‘Tamukeyama’ is the perfect fit for a Japanese garden or placed beside a water feature. Imagine the graceful weeping branches sweeping down to a reflective glassy pool, mesmerizing the viewer into introspective tranquility.



Dwarf deciduous tree 8’ high & 10’ wide
Full to part sun
Average moisture soil with good drainage
Low maintenance

Styrax japonicus ‘Pink Chimes’

Stryrax japonicus 'Pink Chimes'
Stryrax japonicus ‘Pink Chimes’ – Winter

This tree will provide visual interest in any garden, year-round. Sweetly fragrant, Spring-blooming pink flowers hang down from horizontal branches. In summer, the flowers mature into bell chimes that hold on steadfast to their branches, even into winter. Golden yellow and orange flush the leaves with lively fall colour in October. 

Styrax japonicus 'Pink Chimes'
Styrax japonicus ‘Pink Chimes’ – Spring/Summer



Deciduous tree, approx. 25’ high & 25’ wide when mature
Full to part sun
Average moisture soil with good drainage
Low maintenance


Tsuga heterophylla

Tsuga heterophylla
Tsuga heterophylla

Tsuga heterophylla is well known in these parts as the Western Hemlock, populating our native forests. It will honour a garden with commitment: in 100 years they can grow taller than 250 feet. As a versatile understory tree, it will tolerate shade when it is young. This tree is also evergreen and can withstand summer drought.

Evergreen, approx. 40’ wide & 200’ high in 100 yrs, SLOW growing in the meantime
Full sun to full shade
Prefers moist, acidic soils rich in organic matter

Visit Selections Nursery to view these spectacular trees in person.

Benefits of Trees

Content source: Tree Canada

Trees provide many benefits, creating healthier, more sustainable, and more beautiful communities. Here are just a few of the benefits of trees:

Trees provide food for people and animals (fruit, berries, and nuts)

Trees capture carbon and become carbon ‘sinks’ which reduce the Greenhouse Effect

Trees’ root systems help prevent soil erosion, which prevents water pollution

Properties with trees are generally valued higher in the real estate market

Trees provide employment in the forestry field: foresters, arborists, lumber, research, tree workers, etc.

Trees provide shade in the summer, which saves on air conditioning costs; conifers insulate homes in the winter, reducing heating costs

Trees shade asphalt, making streets and parking lots cooler and extending the life of the asphalt

Trees planted in fields shield against wind and snow and help protect crops

Trees beautify the landscape and block out unattractive views

Trees provide shelter for wildlife

Trees provide health benefits, such as stress reduction, and speed the healing process

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