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Ontario Tree Atlas Leaves Out Fall Planting Guesswork

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Ontario Tree Atlas Leaves Out Fall Planting Guesswork

Web-based Tool Helps You Identify, Plant Trees in Your Area

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Want to know which trees grow best in your community? Need some advice on how to plant a tree in your backyard? The Tree Atlas can help.

Just click on the map and the Tree Atlas will help you:

  • Identify native Ontario tree species using pictures of bark, fruit, cones, leaves and needles
  • Learn which species grow best in your area, including tips on when and how to plant a tree
  • Understand what types of soil and sun exposure will help a tree thrive

Sustainable natural resource management and conserving Ontario’s biodiversity for future generations is part of the Ontario government’s plan to attract investment, create jobs and grow the economy — ensuring a fair and prosperous province for all.

Quick Facts

  • Trees absorb and store greenhouse gases from the atmosphere as they grow, making them an essential tool in Ontario's fight against climate change.
  • Two-thirds of Ontario, an area totaling 71.1 million hectares, is covered by forests – a land area equivalent in size to Germany, Italy and the Netherlands combined.
  • Ontario's Tree Seed Facility is dedicated to protecting Ontario’s rich natural heritage by collecting seeds from 50 different native species and supplying them to nurseries, forestry companies and the public.
  • Ontario is committed to plant 50 million trees by 2025.

Additional Resources


“The Tree Atlas is a great tool for people who want clear, reliable information about native trees. Whether you’re out with the family and want to know what trees you’re walking past or planning to plant a tree this fall, I encourage you to use Ontario’s Tree Atlas to find the help you need.”

David Orazietti

Minister of Natural Resources

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    Minister’s Office


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