Trees, Plants, and Gardens

When selecting plants, trees, or shrubs, consider the following factors to ensure you have the right plan for the right site. Doing so provides and advantage over pest problems.

Water Requirements

In our semi-arid climate, drought tolerant plants thrive. There are many beautiful trees, shrubs, and flowers with low water requirements. Plants which have adapted to our climate are usually more pest resistant.

Cold Hardiness

Most plants are given a hardiness rating according to temperature zones, with Zone 1 being the coldest to Zone 8 being the mildest (in Canada). Our Kamloops climate ranges between Zone 3 at its highest levels, to Zone 6 at the valley bottom.

Plant Hardiness Zone Map

Within these zones there are areas known as micro-climates, where the climate differs from the surrounding area. Hedges, walls, and fencing may offer protection that can alter growing conditions.

Exposure

Whether an area is sunny or shady, windy or protected, exposure will determine what plants will flourish where.

Landscape Value

Try to plan for year round interest and enjoyment by considering more than just flowers. Think about the colour and texture of leaves, bark, and fruit, along with overall branching and shape of various plants.

Maintenance

Plants vary in the amount of care required to keep them looking attractive. Select plants that realistically meet your gardening time constraints.

Size

Plant for mature size, do not prune for size.

Tree Pruning Tips

Topping trees is a growing problem and is not recommended. Stub ends are a sign of poor pruning and destroys the health and beauty of the tree.  The tree retaliates by producing an uruly crop of weakly-attached watersprouts, prone to disease and breakage. Disease enters through the stub ends, making the tree short-lived and even bulkier looking than before, resulting in re-pruning. 

Protect your investment with proper pruning.

Prune it Right! Here's How:
  • Make mostly thinning cuts. Remove branches right back to the parent branch or trunk.
  • Avoid creating stub ends.
  • Make your cuts just outside the branch collar (a slight thickening where the branch joins its parent branch or trunk). Flush cuts destroy the tree's defense zone.
  • Remove no more than 20% of the green.
Four Easy Steps to Prune Right
  1. Remove dead, damaged, or diseased branches.
  2. Remove suckers and watersprouts.
  3. Remove badly placed branches that are crossing or rubbing each other, growing into the centre of tree or branches that are growing into walkways, roadways, or buildings.
  4. If desired, trim slender branch tips a few inches, to a bud or parent branch
Tree Coupon Program

The Tree Coupon program supports the City's goal of increasing our community's tree canopy to 20% from the current 12% as identified in its Urban Forestry Management Strategy. Urban trees provide many social, health, environmental and economic benefits, from removing atmospheric carbon dioxide and absorbing air pollutants, to reducing energy consumption and increasing property values.

UPDATE (June 3, 2019): All 2019 tree coupons claimed!

Residents who have claimed a 2019 tree coupon are reminded to redeem their coupon at a participating retailer on or before June 12, 2019.  Coupons are valid for a$20 or $50 discount, depending on the price of the tree. 

View the details below for participating retailers.

Participating Retailers

Residents who have picked up a tree coupon able to redeem their coupon on or before June 12, 2019 at one of the following participating locations.

  • Agri Supply
  • Art Knapp Plantland
  • Canadian Tire - Aberdeen
  • Canadian Tire - North Shore
  • Country Garden Greenhouses & Nursery
  • Home Depot
  • Lyons Garden and Landscape Centre
  • Purity Feed Co.
Eligible Trees

Be sure the tree you select qualifies for the tree coupon! Your tree must meet one of the following qualifications:

  • ornamental tree that is reasonably expected to grow to an approximate mature height of at least 4.5m (15ft)
  • fruit tree of any size