ReLeaf Tree Planting Program

ReLeaf is over for 2020 but will be back next spring. We want to thank everyone that ordered a tree or volunteered. You made ReLeaf a success! Please, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and/or sign up for our biannual newsletter to keep up to date on our programs, including ReLeaf.

“A Gateway to a Million Trees”

The ReLeaf Tree Planting Program provides ALL private property owners (commercial, residential, etc.) in Winnipeg with a diverse selection of high-quality trees at an affordable price.  For just $55 each, you’ll receive the tree collection of your choice. A collection includes one tree, mulch, tree guards, and proper tree planting information to assist you in giving your new trees a healthy start.  

In response to COVID-19 and to ensure the safety of all ReLeaf Tree Planting Program participants, and volunteers, Trees Winnipeg will continue with all modifications implemented in the spring including:

Young trees may not see their full lifespan due to improper planting and care. Tree Planting 101 will provide you with the information required to give your trees the best start. After watching the video, if you have an additional question, you can now send in your questions to our Ask An Arborist service, and a professional Arborist will answer your question.

Trees Winnipeg supports the Million Tree Challenge. Let ReLeaf be your gateway to greening our city. All trees planted through ReLeaf must be planted in Winnipeg and will automatically be counted towards the Million Tree Challenge.  The Winnipeg Releaf Program is a collaborative project between Trees Winnipeg, the City of Winnipeg and Trees Canada.

How Does ReLeaf Work? Joining ReLeaf is Easy!

  1. Choose your favourite tree collection(s) from the downloadable order form. You’re welcome to purchase multiple tree collections — just ensure you have enough space! There are limited quantities of each tree collection. Get your order in early before we sell out!
    • Online Form – Just type in your information, save the PDF to your desktop, and email it back to us
    • Printer-friendly Form – Fill in by hand and send by regular mail
    • Note: a PDF viewer is required for both forms – free to download here
  2. Complete the sign-up form along with your payment information and send it to Trees Winnipeg via mail or email
    • Email to: office@treeswinnipeg.org (Please note: When your form is complete, save it to your computer and send it through email).
    • Mail to: Trees Winnipeg, 1539 Waverley Street, Winnipeg, MB, R3T 4V7
  3. Once your sign-up form and payment are received, Trees Winnipeg will send you a confirmation of your order, and detailed instructions for the tree pick up. Tree pick-up date: September 26th.
  4. Once your trees are planted and have time to establish (in three years), participants will be randomly select to have their trees quickly surveyed.  The surveys will help us evaluate the success of the program and allow us to improve the program for the future. 

Why Should We Plant More Trees?

Winnipeg’s urban canopy is under threat by Dutch elm disease and emerald ash borer. Winnipeg is at risk of losing approximately two-thirds of its urban canopy and is currently losing thousands of trees annually.  In 2019 there were over 9,400 elm trees marked to be removed.  Planting new trees on our own property is a great way to help preserve our iconic green urban canopy, as well as providing the environmental, economic, and social benefits associated with trees.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I plant these trees outside the city?

The Fall ReLeaf was made possible due to the support of the City of Winnipeg, Tree Canada and the Million Tree Challenge Campaign. All trees MUST be planted in Winnipeg and will be counted towards the challenge. 

What size are the trees when I pick them up? 

Trees vary in size depending on the species and growing conditions.  The approximate height for the tree species available through the ReLeaf program at the time of pick up are: 

  • Hackberry, Basswood, and Amur Cherry ‘Ming’ are ~4ft to 5ft
  • Pagoda dogwood is ~3ft 

What if I miss the tree pick-up date?

Unfortunately, due to Trees Winnipeg’s facility and capacity, we cannot hold trees past the designated pick-up date. If trees are not collected, they will be donated on your behalf to a charitable tree planting event in Winnipeg. Refunds are not provided.

How do I get my trees home? 

These trees are easy to transport, and most tree orders fit in a regular-sized car.  If you have any concerns about transporting your trees, please feel free to call our office in advance at (204) 832-7188. Trees can sometimes be a bit messy, especially if they’ve been recently watered, so we recommend covering your car seat or trunk with a tarp or blanket.

How many trees are in a “tree collection”?

Each collection will come with one tree, mulch, and a tree guard.

Can I plant these trees on the boulevard? 

Due to their size, these trees are not suitable for city boulevards as they can be easily damaged by vandalism or snow-clearing equipment.  For this reason, the City of Winnipeg has very specific requirements when selecting trees for boulevards.  If you would like to have a tree planted on your boulevard, contact 311 or arrange to pay for the tree planting yourself through a homeowner agreement.