Do trees add value to your property?

I live in a duplex in the city, my neighbor and I had to decide to start the process to cut down the 30 year old tree that is in the back yard. It would be ready in a week.

It’s not the most desirable species, some even comparing it to weeds because it can grow in the cracks of the sidewalk. He had to be convicted so I could find out about him and learn his name: Maple Negundo (or Maple in Giguère), very common in Quebec.

It surpasses the height of the building and its foliage (now sparse) created a green wall on the second floor, southwest side. At the end of the day, with the sun’s rays and some wind, it all provided a soothing “sound and light” show. His disappearance will leave a huge hole. Not without dismay, we received the diagnosis from a forest engineer: advanced and irreversible dieback.

“You know that trees can increase the value of a property by 15%? The engineer throws me.

I decided to investigate the question.

The qualities of the trees

There is not enough space here to explain all the virtues of trees, especially in the city. I’ll just mention the obvious ones here: they provide shade, they reduce heat, they improve air quality, they drain soil, they block noise and wind, they obscure views of neighbors, and they attract wildlife.

And then there’s the most important thing: It’s beautiful.

If I were to release a machine that promises all of this, and perhaps actually bears fruit, you would probably be willing to pay dearly for a copy.

What about a tree? It depends on the context.

The environment

In addition to the qualities just mentioned, the value of trees is that they take time to grow. It takes 15 to 20 years to be majestic, or more depending on the species.

Realtors, while reluctant to attach value to a tree, will not fail to point out the presence of adult specimens near a home for sale.

Like our forest engineer, studies show that the presence of trees can add up to 20% to the value of a property.

The tree’s financial contribution will be less for a house in a forest environment than in an urban environment where the canopy density is lower.

Everyone probably prefers the presence of vegetation, but the value placed on it depends on a number of factors, including the socioeconomic conditions of the households settling in a neighborhood.

Green is also part of a series of characteristics that make up the environment: proximity to services, schools, security, etc. The weighting of each element in the value of the property varies depending on the context.

And then there’s the real estate market itself. We may pay less attention to the presence of plants when homes are for sale.

It all seems relative, but that’s how real estate works. It’s about comparisons. A well-situated mature tree is always an advantage.

As far as I’m concerned, the disappearance of the Giguère maple will likely have little or no impact on the financial value of our property. Grief will be no less important.


  • Trees don’t just have benefits. The end of life of our boxwood maple will cost nearly $2,500 (expertise, dismantling a fence, city permitting, felling and stump removal).
  • In good health, our tree required regular pruning. In front of the building, an ash tree belonging to the municipality needs to be treated against the emerald ash borer. It’s not at our expense, but its leaves and seeds collect in our gutters, which need to be cleaned.
  • That doesn’t stop us from providing backups in the backyard; moreover, it is an obligation. We are very hesitant about the choice of petrol. We thought of checkerberry, but the fruit bush is less protective against the heat (I live upstairs). A February? I have to convince the neighbor who thinks it’s big. suggestions ?

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