Vancouver is known for having almost over 50 different types of trees. Here are our top 5 trees that we recommend for you to see if you plan to visit Vancouver, especially their wilderness:
1) Yellow Cedar
It is also known as Nootka False-cypress for it is believed to be a False Cypress instead of a Cedar. West of the Coast Mountains is where it can be found, growing in mountains in Southern BC, and extending to sea level on the northern coast. It grows in small groups and can reach a height of 24 meters. It likes deep and moist soils and grows there more efficiently. Yellow Cedar has a very interesting appearance. Its leaves appear as a dark, bluish-green. It is very slender and has a scale-like structure. Its wood has a pale-yellow color. It is hard and can do well in resisting decay, also has a distinctive fragrance. It can be very useful especially when it comes to modern boat building and for making other stuff like paddles and dishes. You can contact Tree service Vancouver if you want to learn more.
2) Vine Maple
It appears as a small tree or shrub that grows into a dense thicket. It is a warped trunk not too long that can grow in a horizontal way, though not all the time, and may root where it touches the ground. It also has to spread limbs that are quite twisted in a way. In Southwestern British Columbia is where it usually grows, low to mid elevations. It commonly likes wet sites, maybe somewhere along the river on a shade or open area. It has a beautiful but small flower, normally reddish or purple that grows one fruit each. Vine Maple has a unique appearance. Its woods are hard and flexible, leaves are almost circular and change color depending on its age, and has a very thin, smooth bark. It is also very useful in making modern ornaments because of its magnificent fall colors.
3) Douglas Fir
Douglas Fir is named after the Scottish botanist, David Douglas. It is also known as Oregon Pine, believed to be a False Hemlock instead of an actual Fir. It has distinctive three-forked bracts between the scales on the cones and that is what makes it unique among the other trees. On the southern mainland coast of British Columbia and Vancouver Island is where it commonly grows. It can amazingly reach a height of 85 meters. Douglas Fir has a flat with pointed tips needles that are usually bright yellowish-green on the upper surface and paler color on the lower surface. It has a very durable wood thus it is commonly used in modern construction such as bridge parts and commercial buildings
4) Red Alder
It is also known as Oregon Alder. It is different among the other alders because of its large size compared to them, thus, it is BC’s most important hardwood. It is a fast-growing tree but unfortunately, it only lives 40 to 60 years. Red Alder needs lots of the sun’s rays and it prefers areas that are rich in nutrients. Its characteristics are very pleasing to the eyes such as its bright green, oval-shaped leaves along with its fine-grained woods commonly used for furniture and flooring.
5) Mountain Hemlock
This tree is known for its branches sloping upwards at the tips, thus, making it not suitable to take refuge when it is raining. It can be found in coastal mountains and can grow up to 30 meters. It has yellow-green to bluish-green needles and has a dark reddish-brown bark. Mountain Hemlock is commonly used for small dimension lumber.
There are still many others that would surely spark up your interest in trees. Explore now!