Tree Species List

Young HRM street tree

Species and age class diversity are crucial to the health of Halifax Regional Municipality's (HRM's) urban forest. Species variety increases resilience again pests and diseases, and mixing tree age ensures the longevity of the urban canopy. While a mix of native species are prioritized for planting in the right of way, non-native species are also planted to further buffer against pests and diseases. Those selected have demonstrated growth tolerance to urban conditions and a changing climate. 

HRM plants a variety of species, including, but not limited to those listed below (our planting list is adapted on an ongoing basis). A subset of these species are included in a vegetation management agreement between HRM and Nova Scotia Power. This means that certain species (of a particular size, wood strength, and/or structure) are approved for planting under power lines - the exact list of species changes depending on the arrangement of the overhead infrastructure. 

HRM Tree Species. Red, Freeman and Sugar Maple. Pin, Red, Bur and Swamp White Oak. American Elm. Kentucky Coffeetree.
HRM Tree Species. European Beech, American Sycamore, Sweetgum, Honeylocust, Tuliptree, Cucumbertree, Hedge Maple, Crabapple, Japanese Tree Lilac.
HRM Tree Species. Ironwood, Katsura, Amur Maackia, Ginkgo, Hackberry, European Hornbeam, Basswood, Silver Linden, Northern Catalpa.
HRM Tree Species. Yellow Birch, Shagbark Hickory, White Pine, Sycamore Maple, Dawn Redwood, Tamarack.

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