YEGtrees Map: Edmonton’s favourite unique, historic, and delicious plants.
There’s something simultaneously very personal and completely public about having a favorite tree; it’s an interesting intersection between private, urban, and natural history. Trees are rooted in place and to love a tree is, in some small way, to love where you are – to become a part of it.
For anyone who’s walked around Edmonton, you’ll know that the City’s urban forest is pretty impressive. But trees aren’t just beautiful to look at; they cast shade, store carbon, provide habitat for animals, soak up millions of liters of water, and (yes) some even grow food.
Despite the scale of Edmonton’s urban forest many of us are unaware of some of the truly unique, majestic, and select individuals hiding in plain sight. The YEGtrees Map is an attempt to catalog some favorites.
For more information on Edmonton trees (including their ecosystem services), check out the City’s Open YegTreeMap listing over 265 000 plants!