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There are a seemingly endless variety of trees to choose from and sometimes it is hard to know the difference.  Here are a few of the most common trees you'll find in our region for general planting and for developing a shelterbelt.


Shelterbelts in Alberta

Shelterbelt Varieties for Alberta Quick Reference Chart

Common Shelterbelt Trees:

DID YOU KNOW? The Lodgepole Pine is Alberta's official tree!

White Spruce    Colorado Spruce   Scots/Scotch Pine  
Siberian Larch   Manitoba Maple/ Box Elder   Green Ash 
Acute Leaf Willow  Laurel Leaf Willow  Peach Leaf Willow 
Bur Oak  Brooks Poplar  Dogwood 
Chokecherry  Common Lilac  Villosa Lilac 
Saskatoon  Snowberry           

There are a couple of new Shelterbelt Programs through which you can order trees.

        HELP Shelterbelt Program Info 2019
        HELP Shelterbelt Order Form 2019

        Tree Time Shelterbelt Brochure
        Tree Time Order FormTree Time Price List

  • Boreal Horticultural Services Ltd. (Bonnyville, AB)  

For those ratepayers that are not country residential, you may qualify for a cost-shared shelterbelt under the ALUS program.  Contact our ALUS Coordinator for more info.

Before starting your shelterbelt, contact the County Planning & Development Authority for further details.    

Other Resources:
Alberta's More Common Trees
Natural Resources Canada: Tree Index
Tree Canada has a listing of all the trees in Canada  
Glossary of Terms for Tree Identification 
Guide to Common Native Trees and Shrubs of Alberta
Tree & Shrub Planting Guide
Ontario Trees and Shrubs Guide

How to Identify a Conifer Tree
Reforestation Suppliers for Alberta


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