Check out the Newest Heritage Tree Nominations!

January 25, 2019 11:12 am by Lisa Jones

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Did you know that Manitoba has a Heritage Tree Program? Run jointly by the Province of Manitoba, Manitoba Forestry Association, and Trees Winnipeg, these trees are available for viewing on the Manitoba Tree Register.  Anyone can nominate their favorite tree or group of trees!


Here are the latest group of Winnipeg nominees being reviewed for Heritage Tree status. Visit us on Facebook or Twitter and tell us your favorite nomination!


Arlington Oak


There is a story behind this oak among elms, found on page 95 of Rising to the Occasion: A Community History of Wolseley, West Broadway, and Armstrong Point by Christopher Dafoe: When the elm trees of the street were only saplings, a delivery man used to tie his horse to the same elm every day. The horse would nibble on the leaves of the sapling, eventually killing it. The homeowners replaced the elm with an oak sapling. Because the leaves were bitter, the horse did not eat them. The sapling survived and stands as a stately tree to this day.

The New Wolseley Elm


This tree was planted on October 22, 1995 as a dedication to the original Wolseley Elm and the women who stood to protect it. The original Wolseley Elm had Wolseley Avenue built around it. The local residents saved it from the city’s demolition crews by surrounding it and refusing to move. The New Wolseley Elm now stands on the grounds of the Robert A. Steen Community Centre as a reminder of the community spirit that their local trees inspire.

Maplewood Elm


One of the last elms on a block of Maplewood Avenue, the tree is often home to birds. Crows and merlins have been witnessed nesting in this tree in different years. Possessing a large spreading symmetrical crown, the tree has been described as majestic and magnificent.

John H Gunn School Elm

This elm stands on the original grounds of John H. Gunn School, the first school in West Kildonan. It was planted by school children on Arbor Day of 1925 and designated as a Heritage Tree y the Lord Selkirk-West Kildonan community on May 5, 1986. The tree still flourishes on the boulevard of Kingsbury Avenue, long after the school was demolished and the area developed.

Weatherdon Butternut


A Unique species on a boulevard dominated by green ash, this tree is likely to outlast the surrounding ones as emerald ash borer moves through the City of Winnipeg. Its branches reach up almost vertically to compete with the mature trees on either side of it for sunlight.

McBeth Cottonwood

One of the most well-known trees among arborists and other tree enthusiasts in Winnipeg, this hollow cottonwood stands on the forested grounds along the Red River behind the historic McBeth House. Believed to have been struck by lightning, this tree has been hollow in all the long memories of those who admire it. The tree has survived many fires lit inside of it, boards being nailed to it, and the climbing of youngsters. It is one of the many giant cottonwoods along this riparian stretch of the Red River.

Do you have a Heritage-worthy tree in mind? Let us know! For all the benefits trees provide us, it’s time to show them the appreciation they deserve!

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