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This site contains descriptions and photos of some of the largest specimens of native tree species on Gabriola Island. To nominate a big tree for this registry, or for further information, email

The registry lists species in alphabetical order by common name, followed by its botanical name. Each species is followed by a list of individual big tree location. (The numbers are simply the order the trees were nominated for the registry).

  • For general information about Gabriola's tree species, CLICK on the TREE SPECIES.
  • For descriptions and photos of registered trees, CLICK on the numbered locations.
  • The biggest registered tree in each species listed is bolded.
  • Trees on private land are marked * and their precise locations are not usually listed.

- ALDER, Red
    Alnus rubra

- ARBUTUS (Madrone)
    Arbutus menziesii


- ASPEN, Trembling
    Populus tremuloides


    Rhamnus purshiana





- CEDAR, Western Red
    Thuja plicata

- CEDAR, Yellow
    Chamaecyparis     nootkatensis

  • None found—unlikely to occur on Gabriola.




- CHERRY, Bitter
     Prunus emarginata


    Populus trichocarpa

- CRABAPPLE, Pacific
    Malus fusca


-DOGWOOD, Pacific
    Cornus nauttallii




    Pseudotsuga menziesii

- FIR, Grand
    Abies grandis



    Crataegus douglasii

  • None nominated yet.



- HEMLOCK, Western
    Tsuga heterophylla

- JUNIPER, Rocky Mtn.
   Juniperus scopulorum
   or Juniperus maritima



- MAPLE, Bigleaf
    Acer macrophyllum

- MAPLE, Douglas
    Acer glabrum

  • None nominated yet. A few are on the winter waterfall trail above Joyce Lockwood CP, but are unmeasured.

- OAK, Garry
    Quercus garryana

- PINE, Shore
    Pinus contorta

- PINE, Western White
    Pinus monticola


- WILLOW, Pacific
    Salix lucida


- WILLOW, Scouler's
    Salix scouleriana

- YEW, Western
    Taxus brevifolia


For information about the biggest trees in British Columbia, visit the BC Big Tree Registry.
For information about GaLTT and about Gabriola's parks and trails, visit the GaLTT homepage.

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