Trees are planted to provide beauty and shade, to help improve air quality and to add economic value to your neighbourhood. The trees planted on your street are carefully chosen based on the tree's function, the intended location and the soil conditions.
Tree function – Some trees are planted to provide shade while others are planted because they have beautiful flowers, leaves or bark. Trees can also provide windbreaks, privacy and attract birds and wildlife.
Tree location – Prior to planting a tree, Forestry staff determine the fully grown size of the tree and the site conditions to make sure that the location chosen will accommodate the tree. Forestry also checks on the location of all underground cables and pipes to ensure there will be no problems.
Soil type – Different soil types may limit the variety of trees to be planted. Soils are made up of different combinations of sand, silt and clay. All these factors affect the type of tree that will grow in different types of soil.
Commonly planted trees include Maple, Linden, Oak and Honey Locust. For the complete list and to learn more, click here.
The Canadian Food and Inspection Agency (CFIA) established a regulated area in parts of the cities of Mississauga and Toronto following the discovery of the Asian Long-horned Beetle (ALHB) in an industrial area in Malton. ALHB is native to Asia and attacks and kills healthy deciduous trees including, but not limited to, maple, elm, birch and poplar.
As a result of the ALHB, the City of Mississauga is restricted and limited to the species of trees that can be replanted within the quarantine area. Due to this change, The City of Mississauga will be planting types of trees that will not be affected by ALHB in the regulated area.
CFIA - Regulated Area Information for Mississauga and Toronto
CFIA - Regulated Area for Mississauga and Toronto
For more information on ALHB visit the website Mississauga.ca/asianlonghornedbeetle.
The Forestry Section plants trees in new subdivisions based upon agreements between the Developer and the City. Street trees are planted when all homes are built, roadways have at least one coat of asphalt, curbs and driveways have been installed and sodding has been completed.
New home owners may find a tree related charge on the closing purchase price of their home. This charge has been incurred by the developer to plant community trees.
Not every address receives a tree due to planting limitations including the location of underground utilities & pedestals, fire hydrants, light & hydro poles and stop signs. The City does not provide refunds for street tree planting. Residents cannot contribute funds in order to receive upgrades, additional trees or to have trees planted on their private property.
Replacement tree planting
When a dead, dying or diseased tree located on City property requires removal, a new replacement tree(s) will be replanted in a location determined by Forestry.
All requests for a replacement tree must be submitted to Forestry prior to April 1st of each year.
Call 311 (or 905-615-4311 if outside city limits) if you have a question about your street tree(s).
Planting shared trees
Occasionally, while planting trees on City-owned boulevards, we must plant between two house frontages to:
- avoid planting trees in drainage swales;
- avoid future interference with driveways;
- allow the planting of a variety of broad crowned trees on limited frontages;
- allow for adequate rooting area to sustain a new tree; or
- avoid competition between developing tree crowns.
For more information on the Street Tree Planting Program call 3-1-1 (905-615-4311 if outside City limit).
To learn more about caring for your new street tree, click here.