All about our beautiful trees–how we’re protecting them and what you can do to help
Questions and answers
All trees play an important part in our city’s natural habitat, and therefore, we protect every tree.
Conifers retain their leaves year-round, have needle or scale-like leaves and bear cones. Douglas fir and western red cedar are examples of conifer trees. Conifers reduce stormwater runoff and filter air pollution because they keep their leaves year-round. They are larger and have a longer lifespan than deciduous trees. They also provide shelter and wildlife habitat.
Deciduous trees shed their leaves each fall and have flat leaves. Maple and oak are both examples of deciduous trees. These trees have broader leaves that provide great shade in the summer and reduce temperatures in urban areas. When the leaves fall in autumn, they decompose and bring a new flush of nutrients into the soil.
As a property owner in Burnaby, you’re responsible for maintaining all the trees on your property.
Under our Tree Management Policy, the City's Forestry Division manages and maintains all the trees on City property, including boulevard trees.
We provide a full range of arboriculture services for City-owned trees, like inspection, pruning, and planting.