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Kiwanis Tree Sale

This is a community tree sale led by our Neighbourhood Tree Captains. Purchase a native tree for your yard at a great price! 

Date: Saturday May 23, 2015

Time: 9am-12pm

Location: 1499 Brydges St  (Sale will be held next to the Kiwanis Skate Park) 


Small trees (2' - 3' tall, in 1 - 2 gallon pots): $12

Large trees (3' - 6' tall, in 2 - 7 gallon pots): $25

Pre-ordered and non-pre-ordered trees are available for pickup only on the day of the tree sale. Tree sizes and pot sizes vary between species.  Some additional sizes of the species listed below may be available on the day of the tree sale.

How to buy your trees:

  • Pre-order Shopping -- PREORDERS FOR THIS SALE WILL CLOSE ON MAY 10. 2015. For those who have pre-ordered trees, please note that your pre-ordered trees are only available during the specified times of the tree sale. Any unclaimed trees will be taken to a future ReForest London tree sale event to be sold there. Please be sure to bring your printed paypal receipt or transaction ID number with you to the sale to pick up your tree.


  • At-event Shopping -- You don't have to pre-order your tree(s). Additional trees will be available for those who would like to consult with a tree expert from ReForest London before purchasing. Cash and cheque payment ONLY for non-pre-ordered trees purchased onsite. Please make cheques payable to "ReForest London". The trees listed below will be made available at the sale, however, we can only guarantee species availability if you pre-order using the form below. Some species substitutions may be made on sale day for non-preordered trees. Please note that all trees will be held until the sale start time as we will be surveying our inventory and setting aside pre-ordered trees. 




Tree Species and Description


Bladdernut (Staphylea trifolia)

SoilWell drained, moist sand or loam.

Light:  Full to part shade.

Size: Small, up to 5m / 15 ft

Comments: Bladdernut's common name refers to the papery, three-chambered pods that persist throughout most of the year. Clusters of very fragrant cream-coloured flowers emerge in the spring. The genus name "Staphylea" is derived from a Green word meaning "bunch of grapes" referring to the hanging clusters of flowers. Bladdernut is sometimes called the "musical tree", as the pods make a gentle rattling sound in the breeze. A lovely understory specimen. 




Blue Beech (Carpinus caroliniana)

SoilMoist to wet clay, loam

Light:  Full sun to full shade (very shade tolerant)

Size: Small, up to 12m / 39ft.  

Comments: Blue beech is very adaptable and thrives in urban conditions. It has a smooth, bluish-gray trunk that has an appearance of flexed muscles, hence the common name "muscle-wood". Can live up to 150 years.  


Chokecherry (Prunus virginiana)

Soil: Moist to average soils

Light:  Prefers full sun but will tolderate light shade

Size: Up to 9m / 30ft tall

Comments: Chokecherry is an important food source, providing berries for birds and winter twigs for larger mammals. Chokecherry is most noticable in flower, with many dense, white elongaged clusters of fragrant 5-petaled flowers. If pollinated, these become clusters of round shiny fruits, varying from yellow to red or almost black. Leaves are broadly oval with a short tip and are finely toothed. Bark is dark grayish-brown, becoming almost black with age. A great specimen for backyard birders!  


Eastern Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis)

Soil: Moist or wet, well drained sand or loam

Light:  Partial sun or full shade. 

Size: Up to 30m / 98 feet, trunk 100cm in diameter.

Comments: Very shade tolerant, a great backyard addition for winter colour and habitat. The eastern hemlock can live for hundreds of years! This species has particularly thin branches, which gives a more slender appearance than most of our evergreens. 



Paper Birch (Betula papyrifera)

SoilDoes best on well-drained, moist sites with loamy, clay or sandy soils. 

Light: Full sun 

Size: 30 to 55 feet tall with crown width of 20 to 40 feet.

Comments: Indigenous peoples used different parts of the birch tree for many things, such as snowshoe frames, canoes, and covering for teepees or lodges. Today it is known as an iconic tree of our boreal forest. A very pretty tree for your yard, Paper Birch will flower in late May to early June.  

 Paper BirchBirch Bark





Red Maple (Acer rubrum)

SoilPrefers moist soils, but can tolerate a wide variety of conditions.

Light: Can tolerate some shade. 

Size: Medium - up to 25m tall.

Comments: The leaves of this tree are a beautiful, lively green 
until turning a blazing red in the fall. This is an ideal 
backyard shade tree.

Red Maplered maple leaf




 Red Oak (Quercus rubra)

Soil Grows in a variety of soils

Light: Prefers full sun, but can tolerate some shade.

Size: Large - 20 to 30 metres tall, with trunk measuring 30-90cm in diameter

Comments: Red Oak needs room to grow. It can tolerate some shade when young, but will require full sun in maturity. Does well as a stand-alone tree. Red Oak will often keep its leaves all through winter.

Fun fact: Many of our London Schools are growing Red Oak seedlings this year! 

red oakred oak leaf



Tamarack (Larix larcicina)

Soil : Can grow in a variety of soils but prefers soil. Normal to wet moisture.

Light: Full sun to partial shade. 

Size: Up to 25m / 82ft. 

Comments: Tamaracks are deciduous conifers. Unlike most conifers, their needles fall off each autumn. Tamarack needles turn a vibrant yellow in the fall. The word Tamarack comes from an Algonquin word, akemantak, meaning "Wood used for snowshoes". The wood of the tamarack is the strongest of all the conifer woods. 




Tulip Tree (Liriodendron tulipifera)

Soil : Well-drained soils, thriving in sand-based soils. Needs a lot of moisture in the summer months.

Light: Full sun.

Size: A very fast growing, large (up to 50m tall) tree. Thick straight trunks can grow to be 50 to 100cm in diameter. 

Comments: This tree has spectacular crème or orange coloured 
tulip-like flowers. Tiger Swallowtails use this tree as their host tree,
requiring them to complete their life cycles. Tulip tree flowers provide abundant nectar to bees, while seeds, saplings and young trees feed birds, squirrels, rabbits and deer. Tulip trees are always a Tree Sale Favourite!

tuliptulip tree flower


White Oak (Quercus alba)

Soil: Sand, clay or loam with average moisture

Light:  Full sun

Size: Up to 35m / 115ft

Comments: White oak acorns are a favourite of squirrels, but not very tasty for humans. Long-lived, slow growing and very strong, this is often considered the most majestic of our native oaks. The leaves of the white oak are rounded. 





White Pine (Pinus strobus)

Soil : Can tolerate a wide variety of conditions, prefers sand or sandy loam.

Light: Prefers full sun, tolerates partial shade when young. 

Size: Large - up to 35m tall.

Comments: Eastern White Pine is the Provincial tree of Ontario. Windswept specimens featured often in the paintings of the Group of Seven artists. Grows quickly when planted in full sun, and is a good shade tree when reaching full height.





Wild Crabapple (Malus coronaria)

Soil: Can tolerate a wide variety of conditions, prefers well drained soil but tolerates clay.

Light: Prefers full sun.  

Size: 13 to 40 feet tall at maturity with a dense, twiggy crown.

Comments: Flowers in early April to mid May. Fruit maturity date: Late summer to early Fall. Wild crabapple thickets provide excellent wildlife habitat. The dense thorny growth is ideal for breeding and nesting sites, and used as resting sites by many bird species, while fruit, bark and seeds provide food for many bird and mammal species.



For more information on these species visit the Government of Ontario Tree Atlas. Photo Credits: Government of Ontario Tree Atlas


Want to order more than one of the same species? You will be able to update your quantity selected before you check out, by selecting the "Add to Cart" button.

Register your new tree(s) as part of London's Million Tree Challenge by visiting


Questions? Please contact Brianne Curry, School Community Tree Challenge Coordinator, at or 519-936-9548 ext 226.