Your Top Multi-Unit & Business Tree Planting Program Questions – Answered!

Are you looking to make your Multi-Unit or Business property more beautiful, environmentally friendly and energy efficient? We help property owners in the City of Toronto, York Region, and most of Durham Region plant native trees and shrubs at subsidized rates. We understand that planting on Multi-Unit or Business properties can seem daunting at first. From tree selection to spacing requirements, we’ve heard your questions and we have the answers!

Why plant trees on my Multi-Unit or Business property?

There are tangible benefits to planting trees on your property, both as the owner and for your community.

As a property owner, you don’t want to spend money on things that have little to no return on investment. The good news is that planting new trees on your property is an inexpensive action that can have a big payoff over time. Studies show that properly planted trees around buildings can increase property values by up to 20%, and reduce energy needs for heating and cooling by 20-50%.

Also consider the environmental benefits of planting trees on your property, especially in urban areas. Trees improve air quality by absorbing carbon dioxide and trapping pollution particles while also providing us with oxygen. Trees intercept rainfall and reduce storm water runoff, preventing both soil erosion and urban flooding.

Finally, trees contribute to the physical and mental health of communities. Studies have shown that greener communities are linked to enhanced physical and mental wellbeing, with people experiencing reduced stress levels, lower blood pressure and improved mood and immune systems.

As the old saying goes, "The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now."



What property types are included in the Multi-Unit & Business Program?

There are many types of properties that are included in the Multi-Unit & Business Program: businesses, apartment complexes, high rise condo buildings, townhouses, assisted-living centres, religious centres, private schools, co-op properties, campgrounds and even cemeteries! As long as your property meets our minimum space requirements, we can help you choose the right trees for the right spaces!



How Much Does the Multi-Unit & Business program cost?

You pay the subsidized price of only $160 - $230 +HST per tree! This price includes:

  • 30-minute virtual consultation and a 45-minute site consultation with a LEAF arborist
  • 5 to 8 foot tall native deciduous tree (or 2 to 4 foot tall native evergreen tree)
  • Delivery and full planting service by our friendly and experienced team
  • Mulch and a Planting and Care Guide
  • Free and ongoing care advice from our team of experts through seasonal email tips and answers to tree care and health questions.

Native shrubs are also available for $30 +HST each and eastern white cedars are available for $50 +HST each.

Multi-Unit & Business property owners located in Markham, Ajax and Newmarket pay even less thanks to additional discounts offered in those areas! Check out our website for more information on how to save!



How does the Multi-Unit & Business Planting Program work?

Our program is designed to offer you expert advice and planting services, so you can be confident knowing your trees will be given the best conditions for long-term success.

Here’s how our program works, from beginning to end:

  1. Review our policies and program details to determine if the program is right for you!
  2. Complete our online application to let us know what you are looking for! Look for the “get started” button at the bottom of the page after reviewing the program. There are supplemental documents to prepare before submitting your application:
    1. Property Owner Permission Form
    2. Care and Maintenance Form
  3. Enjoy your virtual consultation with one of our arborists who will answer your questions and work with you to determine a general planting plan.
  4. Enjoy your site consultation with one of our arborists who will assess your soil, sunlight and space conditions and help you select appropriate native species and planting locations.
  5. Let LEAF take care of the planting! Our spring planting season typically runs from April to the end of June and the fall planting season typically runs from September to the end of November.   
  6. Use our Planting and Care Guide to care for your tree(s) and/or shrub(s) so you can enjoy them for years to come!


Ready to plant with us? Visit our Multi-Units & Businesses page to get started on your application today! We accept applications year-round, so the sooner you apply, the better! Get your spot at the front of the line for a consultation with one of our arborists and let us help you green and beautify your property!


Justin is the Marketing and Communications Lead at LEAF.

LEAF offers a subsidized Multi-Unit & Business Planting Program for private property. The program is supported by the City of Toronto, the Regional Municipality of York, the City of Markham, the Town of Newmarket, the Regional Municipality of Durham, the Town of Ajax, the Township of Brock, the Municipality of Clarington, the City of Oshawa, the City of Pickering, the Township of Scugog, the Town of Whitby, Ontario Power Generation and Ontario Trillium Foundation.