When it comes to picking the right tree the options can seem endless. It's important to consider the location you are planting in - trees will thrive in certain areas and do poorly in other areas depending on the species. You should also consider the functionality you would like to get out of your tree: privacy, shade, beautification - you get the gist. 

The Thompson Okanagan is a great place to grow a strong & healthy tree. Here are 7 trees to plant in Kamloops BC in 2020: 

#1 Cardinal Royal Mountain Ash

A beautiful feature tree with clusters of white flowers that burst forth in spring alongside red fruits that last well into winter. 

Special Features:

  • White flowers
  • Great accent tree
  • Red Fruit
  • Pest resistant

the best ornamental tree to plant in Kamloops BC: cardinal royal mountain ash

#2 Parkland Pillar Birch

A dense deciduous tree with a strong central leader and a narrowly upright, columnar growth habit. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage. 

Special Features:

  • Dense
  • Strong central leader

the best birch tree to plant in kamloops bc: parkland pillar birch

#3 Brandon Elm

A large tree with an upright vase shape. Foliage is medium green with rough tooth margins. More compact than the American Elm, this tree makes an excellent shade tree. 

Special Features:

  • Attractive yellow fall colour
  • Compact
  • Good for street planting
  • Makes an excellent shade tree
  • Very hardy
  • Fast growing
  • Tolerant of air pollution and salt

the best shade tree to plant in kamloops BC: Brandon Elm

#4 Patmore Ash

A symmetrical, oval crown with a strong central leader. Glossy, dark green foliage turns golden-yellow in fall. This seedless cultivar is considered by many to be one of the best. It provides good disease and insect resistance.

Special Features:

  • Strong central leader
  • Seedless
  • Disease and pest resistant

the best shade tree to plant in kamloops bc: patmore ash

#5 Northwood Red Maple

A showy attractive tree with a straight, sturdy trunk.

Special Features:

  • One of the hardiest rubrum cultivars
  • Comes in black #15 Gallon pot

the best maple to plant in kamloops bc: northwood red maple

#6 Autumn Blaze Maple

An upright broadly oval tree with brilliant scarlet-red fall colour.

Special Features:

  • Extremely tolerant in poor soil
  • Drought tolerant
  • Hardy

the best maple tree to plant in salmon arm bc: autumn blaze maple

#7 Thunderchild Crabapple

This compact, upright tree has deep purple leaves and pinkish-purple flowers followed by small dark-red/purple fruit. Orange yellow fall colour. Very resistant to fire blight. One of the most reliable performers.

Special Features:

  • Compact
  • Beautiful feature tree
  • Disease resistant
  • Flower & fruit

the best ornamental tree to plant in kamloops bc: thunderchild crabapple

All of our trees will perform well in the Kamloops area - they're grown right next door in Armstrong BC after all. But if you're stuck and don't know where to start, we hope this list helps!

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