Manitoba Heritage Trees – The Nominees are in!

March 25, 2018 8:48 pm by Kerienne La France

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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. Want to have your say? Visit us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and vote for your favorites!



Kenny Street Elm/ Victor Mager’s Elm
The “Kenny Street Elm” was first recognized as a notable tree in 1987 by W.J. Mager. It was saved by the City of Winnipeg Forestry Branch about 1972 during the re-construction of Kenny Street by diverting the new pavement around the tree. This elm figured prominently in the life of a well-known young pioneer named Victor Mager. Victor Mager had moved with his family from Lorraine, France in 1859 to St. Boniface where they took up residence on or near the present site of St. Boniface Hospital. In his early years, Mr. Mager regularly hunted wild game throughout the areas now referred to as Norwood and St. Vital. On one of his forays in 1889 he marked the tree with a cross, and the tree soon became a recognized landmark. By 1926, when Mr. Mager was 75 years of age, the cross was overgrown with about 15 cm of new wood. Source: Manitoba Forestry Association. 1987. Heritage Trees of Manitoba. Canadian Forest Service. Winnipeg, Manitoba. P. 22.



Riverbend Crescent Crabapple Trees

Today, the ornamental crabapple trees along Garden Road, Riverbend Crescent, and Parkside Drive provide a spectacular display of scenery and scent, with the abundance of blooms in the spring, and the abundance of apples in the summer. It is a hidden treasure in Winnipeg and especially important to the residents of the area. This neighbourhood, a building project of Frank R. Lount and Sons Ltd., was completed at the end of WWII in 1947 and consisted of about 100 homes at that time. Mr. Lount, the developer, opted to extend the front lawn area instead of installing sidewalks. Through an arrangement with the Dominion Experimental Farm at Morden, Manitoba, at least one ‘Almey’ flowering crabapple tree was ordered for each home – about 200 trees in total. The majority of residents at that time were veterans just out of the services and were conditioned to receiving and following orders to the letter. So when instructions were provided to the homeowners on how to plant the trees, the instructions were followed with military diligence! On each property, a hole was prepared, measuring exactly 30″ x 30″ to a depth of 36″, and the soil mixed with a liberal amount of peat moss. Assuming the trees would be of a size proportionate to the holes that had been dug, it was decided that at least 10 cars would be needed to transport the trees from Morden to Winnipeg. Sure enough, the convoy set out for Morden at 0600 hours and was described as “by the numbers” and very military-like. Upon arriving in Morden, they came to realize that a key detail had been omitted — that their “trees” were merely small cuttings! All 200 trees could have fit into the trunk of one car. Back to Winnipeg they went, greeted with eager family and friends equipped with brand-new wheelbarrows and rolling flatbeds expecting to receive large, heavy trees… only to be handed small twigs! Despite the hilarity of the event, their work and dedication to the project paid off and many of these original trees still line their streets to this day.

History provided by Currie McMillan in a letter addressed to the residents of Parkside Drive, Garden Road and Riverbend Crescent in the spring of 1988 in honour of their neighbourhood’s 50th anniversary. Trees originally nominated by local resident, K. Thiesenhausen.



Middle Gate Cottonwood

This massive riverbank tree is the largest cottonwood found in the Armstrong Point neighbourhood to date, and is sure to be one of the largest trees in Winnipeg. With a trunk circumference of 585 cm, and a canopy spread of 31 m. The tree appears to be in excellent health and is well-known within the arborist community in Winnipeg, as well as local residents. Nominated by Manitoba arborist, C. Griesman.




Assiniboine Avenue Elm

Nominated by homeowner J.P. Burgoyne, this beautiful tree is a large, healthy example of an American elm. In an area that has suffered many losses due to Dutch elm disease, this tree remains a feature tree in the neighbourhood. It is estimated that the tree is approximately 80 years old, as it appears the house was built around it in 1937.





Ferry Road Elm

This exceptional tree appears to actually be 2 trees that have grown together and likely predates the house, which was built in 1944. The canopy over-arcs the yard and attracts many different species of birds. One tree in the front yard has succumbed to Dutch elm disease, but this one has survived. The eaves-trough empties into a rain-catcher which often overflows to provide the tree with water. Around the tree, the owners often spread mulch and compost to provide it with nutrients. At the time of measurement, the tree appeared to be in excellent health and is a beautiful example of the beloved American elm. Nominated by owners Brenda and Craig Werntz.


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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