The answer to this question relies on the species of tree and environmental growing conditions. The Great Basin Bristlecone Pine can reach an age of over 5,000 years, but the average lifespan of our local lodgepole pine is 150 years, subalpine fir and white spruce is up to 300 years, and Douglas-fir ranges from 300 years if growing in the interior, and 500 years on the coast. Most of BC’s coastal forests are considered “old growth forests” if mature trees are over 250 years old. Trees in these forests include Douglas-fir and Western Red Cedars that can live over 1,000 years given the right conditions of moist to wet nutrient rich soil.

Hazardous Branches Should Be Removed

In urban settings, mature trees are adored by all, and maintained for health by local arborists, but they can become unsafe when reaching the end of their natural lifespan. If you are unsure about the condition of the trees on your property, call us for an on-site assessment. Branches on mature trees may need to be removed before they break, especially if they are growing over your roof or power lines. We have a 60’ bucket truck to reach high branches safely and our utility arborists are trained to work around power lines. Municipal and commercial queries are welcome. We have full WCB coverage and over 40 years of experience in our industry. Our certified utility arborists are ready to work for you, maximizing the safety of parks, roadways and commercial settings.
Call Pine Valley Tree Service and Landscaping to talk with one of our dedicated tree specialists. We have over 40 years of experience serving the communities of southwest BC and work throughout the winter for hazardous tree removals, site preparations and utility arborist services.
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