How Long Do Trees Live? Unveiling the Secrets of Nature's Sentinels

What is the Lifespan of Trees?

how long do trees live

Living trees are the unsung heroes of our natural world. They stand tall, silently watching over our environment, providing us with clean air, shade on a hot summer day, and a home for countless wildlife. Yet, have you ever wondered how long these magnificent giants can live? Individual trees, like humans, have an average lifespan, and it varies from species to species. So, exactly how long do trees live? Keep reading to find out. Here at Trusty Tree Services in Edmonton, we are passionate about our environment and will delve into the fascinating world of tree lifespans, exploring the factors that influence their longevity and some of the oldest trees in Edmonton.

The Science of Tree Life

Trees are complex organisms, and average tree ages depend on several factors, including their species, health, and environmental conditions. Here are some of the key factors that influence how long a common tree can live:

Species of Trees

Trees come in an astounding array of species, each with its own unique lifespan. Some are like shooting stars in the forest, burning brightly and fading quickly, while others are ancient sentinels that endure through the ages. Consider the giant sequoias found in California's Sierra Nevada mountains. These colossal, ancient trees are renowned for their exceptional longevity, often living for over 3,000 years. Their enormous size and natural resilience have allowed them to withstand the test of time, making them one of the most iconic examples of long-lived tree species on the planet. When compared with some fruit trees which only live for 25 years, you can see that the average tree lifespan varies greatly.


Just as a healthy lifestyle contributes to human longevity, a tree's overall health plays a pivotal role in determining its lifespan. Proper tree care, including regular pruning, soil nutrient supplementation, and protection from diseases and pests, can significantly extend a tree's life. Take, for example, the remarkable bristlecone pines, one of the world's oldest and hardiest tree species. These ancient sentinels, found in the high-altitude, harsh environments of the woods in the western U.S., have thrived for thousands of years due to their unique adaptations and resilience.

Environmental Conditions

Trees are remarkably adaptable organisms, capable of enduring a wide range of environmental factors. From the towering giant sequoias in California to the elegant palm trees swaying in tropical breezes, trees have found unique ways to thrive in diverse habitats, from warm to cold temperatures. Take the oak tree, for example. It grows well in adverse soil conditions, including sandy and loamy soils. However, even ancient giants have their limits. Extreme factors like severe droughts, floods, or extended periods of adverse weather conditions can take a toll on a tree's health and, in some cases, lead to shorter lifespans and premature demise.

Human Impact

Sadly, human activities, such as deforestation, pollution, and urban development, pose a grave threat to the longevity of trees worldwide. Evergreen trees, including the majestic pine trees that adorn many landscapes, are particularly vulnerable to these threats. Historical logging nearly pushed these mature trees to the brink of extinction in some regions. Fortunately, conservation efforts and the establishment of protected areas have helped safeguard these awe-inspiring trees. Recognizing the importance of preserving natural treasures is a crucial step in ensuring they continue to grace our planet for generations to come.

Edmonton’s Long-Lived Trees

Edmonton, with its rich natural beauty and urban green spaces, is home to many long-lived, extraordinary trees. A few notable treasures include:

  • The Old Strathcona Tree: Located in the Old Strathcona neighbourhood, this tree, believed to be a silver maple, is estimated to be over a century old. Its enduring presence serves as a testament to the importance of preserving Edmonton's green heritage.
  • Elm Trees in the River Valley: Edmonton's River Valley is known for its majestic elm trees standing at 60 to 80 feet tall. Some of these elms are well over 100 years old, adding a touch of historical elegance to the cityscape.
  • Mill Creek Ravine Cottonwoods: In the Mill Creek Ravine area, you can find towering cottonwood trees that have stood the test of time. These giants, some dating back to the early 20th century, offer shade and beauty to the local community.

Preserving and Caring for Edmonton's Trees with Trusty Tree Services

The longevity of trees in Edmonton and around the world is a testament to their resilience and the critical role they play in our ecosystem. To ensure these natural treasures continue to thrive for generations to come, it's essential to take proactive steps to care for and preserve them. In this endeavour, professional help from Trusty Tree Services in Edmonton can be invaluable. Here are some ways to contribute to tree preservation in Edmonton with the assistance of the experts at Trusty Tree Services:

Tree Maintenance with Trusty Tree Services

Regular tree maintenance is fundamental to extending a tree's lifespan. Trusty Tree Services offers a wide range of services to ensure the health and longevity of Edmonton's trees. Our team of certified arborists can assess the condition of your trees, providing expert recommendations on necessary pruning, fertilization, and pest control. Our meticulous care and attention to detail will help your trees thrive for years to come. With the help of Trusty Tree Services, you can be confident that your trees are receiving the best possible care.

Environmental Stewardship

Supporting local initiatives and organizations dedicated to preserving Edmonton's green spaces is a great way to make a positive impact. Trusty Tree Services actively participates in and supports various community initiatives aimed at conserving Edmonton's natural heritage. By choosing our services, you not only ensure your trees' well-being but also contribute to a company that values environmental stewardship. Trusty Tree Services is committed to sustainable practices, emphasizing the importance of tree preservation and urban greenery.

Planting New Trees with Trusty Tree Services

Planting new trees in your community is a proactive step in ensuring a greener future. Trusty Tree Services can help you choose the right tree species for your location and provide expert planting services. Whether you want to replace aging trees or enhance your property with new greenery, our team can guide you through the entire process, from tree selection to planting and ongoing care.

The question of how long trees live doesn't have a one-size-fits-all answer, as various factors influence their lifespan. However, by understanding and appreciating the science behind tree lifespans and actively participating in tree care and conservation efforts, we can help ensure that Edmonton's trees continue to grace our city for generations to come. These trees are not just silent observers but our companions on this journey through life, providing us with beauty, clean air, and a sense of connection to the natural world. Let's work together to protect and celebrate these remarkable beings. Contact us today to learn more about how you can increase the health and longevity of your trees.


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Preethy Thomas
October 8, 2023

What a fantastic crew!!! Sarah & Shane came and trimmed my rather large tree. Such a professional, knowledgeable, caring, capable and courteous crew. Very well done from beginning to end.They did a fabulous job!

Greg Demuynck
October 4, 2023
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September 25, 2023

Trusty Trees did their magic at my Mothers house in Fort Saskatchewan. Mikex2 we’re on time, organized and knew their business. Gave the trees a good haircut as they had a lot of dead areas. Very pleased with their service, would definitely recommend them! Much thanks Mike and Mike.

Dwayne Thiessen
September 10, 2023

We had a crew from Trusty tree services to come and remove 6, 40 foot aspen trees. They did an awesome job. They were very knowledgeable and very considerate of our property and our neighbours property. They had our yard and neighbours yards totally cleaned up when they were finished. I would highly recommend Trusty Tree Services

Ron Tkachuk
August 22, 2023

We had a crew from Trusty Tree Services trim three trees on our property a few weeks ago, sorry for the late review. Couldn't be happier with the whole process. From the estimate to the final clean up, everything went very well. I contacted other companies for estimates, didn't even get a call back. Thanks again Trusty Tree for a great job!

Matt H
August 4, 2023

Trusty Tree Services came out and pruned our Amur Cherry tree in Fort Saskatchewan and did a great job. The technicians were knowledgeable and gave me tips on how to better take care of our tree. The technicians were friendly and polite and cleaned up before they left. I would definitely recommend Trusty Tree Service!

Sarah Wilson
July 25, 2023

Excellent job! I highly recommend this company. I will be calling again this fall! I am very happy.

Cindy Grier
July 7, 2023

We had an amazing experience with Trusty Tree. They gave a prompt estimate for some very difficult trees in our campground. They arrived on time and began work immediately. Their expertise shone through as they brought down the trees on point! Friendly, informative, professional and outstanding workmanship. I would recommend them in a heartbeat. Shout out to Colton, Joe and Adrian - great work!

Deanna Craig
July 5, 2023

We had Trusty Tree out this year to shape and thin 4 trees and 3 Mugo Pine shrubs. I was impressed with a quick appt for the quote and then quick response for booking. Our trees were pruned earlier in the season as this was the recommended timeframe, and the Mugo Pine shrubs pruned later in the spring after the new growth appeared. I'm pleased with the crew that came out, they were polite, professional and experienced. We are happy with how our trees and shrubs look and feel the price was fair. We would definitely recommend Trusty Tree and will have them back in the future. Thanks for taking extra time with us to talk about proper pruning too!

Mark stime
June 26, 2023

Very professional and courteous crew. Difficult tree to cut down with bucket truck given clearances.

christine Maclean
June 22, 2023

I am a new widow and my yard work is so overwhelming, I called Trusty tree to come over and give me a quote. Because my husband who has slways been in love with taking great care of our home,has passed I am here to do it alone.Trusty tree are the most professional people I dealt with..And they actually had the most professional quote,they took pictures of my Tree to elaborate on what needed to be done,and explained why everything had to be done in a certain way...after 3 other companies coming out I realized that Trusty Trees quote was extremely fair. So when the Trusty Tree crew arrived to prune my beloved tree, they were ready, and really understood the sentimental value of my tree that my late husband and I used to sit under every night. The crew members Joe and Shane collaborated beautifully brought down the required amount of my tree..They had a fantastic chipper on site and they also cleaned up the yard so beautifully after the cutting was done...If anyone reads this review,please understand how much that tree meant to me and my late husband. Joe and Shane gave it a loving and caring trim, and they where not only hard working but very informative of the process,and very just great guys,they included their sense of humor to make the trimming process easier on me. THEY were so compasionate and understanding . I thank them for that..... If you are thinking of pruning your gorgeous beloved tree, Trusty Tree has got be your only choice. THESE GUYS ARE THE BEST!!! My name is Christine and if anyone wants to contact me about what a great job this crew did..please do!!!

Sarah Whyte
June 22, 2023

Trusty Tree is a great place to work. Management is caring and hardworking. Equipment is of high quality and maintained professionally. Smooth operation and always great communication between management and team members.Looking for a place to work? This is the place.

Carla Hanak
May 26, 2023

I highly recommend Trusty Tree Services! From start to finish everything was handled promptly, professionally and courteously! They are very knowledgeable and efficient. I really liked how they explained things. We will definitely have them back for some fall work. Thanks to everyone!

Darryl Edinga
May 23, 2023
Karli Butler
May 19, 2023

We were sad to see our tree go, but it wasn’t well and bigger and bigger branches were breaking off; however our Trusty Tree Arborists did a great job. Thanks to @Sarah and @Michael and thanks for the excellent service Trusty Tree.

gary hnatko
May 17, 2023

Excellent, prompt, efficient and professional service. Team was very pleasant to work with. In and out in no time. Clean worksite. Would definitely recommend.

Linda Lankoff
May 11, 2023

The services provided were both reasonably priced and work done was excellent!

Marylyn Reed
May 5, 2023

Very fast professional and thorough work done on both my experiences with Trusty tree Service. Good cleanups and answered all questions. They made valid suggestions which I appreciated. Thank you.

Stephen Davidson
May 4, 2023

Excellent experience. Very knowledgeable experienced crew. Safety is a priority .Highly recommend . Great Job!

Darci White
May 3, 2023

Very speedy and clean-up was amazing. Thanks guys

Gordon Sandberg
April 28, 2023

Thanks to Mike and the crew for doing a great job on Grenfell Ave St Albert. Very professional service.

Colleen Butler
April 27, 2023

Fantastic! The team did an excellent job pruning and shaping our trees. Thank you

Paul Whattam
April 27, 2023

This was the second time I've used this company for mature tree removal. This time 4 fully grown columnar Aspen trees located close to fencing, a deck and between 2 houses were successfully removed with no damage to the aforementioned structures but also nearby concrete curbing. Work was done as scheduled, quickly and neatly. Very satisfied with the work.

Rob Butler
April 25, 2023

Great service by the guys at Trusty Tree Services. Very professional and knowledgeable. They really knew their stuff about how to properly prune each type of tree in our yard. Our trees look so much better now and will have the opportunity to thrive. Good care for our garden ornaments and great cleanup afterwards.Thank-you

Darvin Mills
April 24, 2023

Mike And Shay trimmed 11 trees in and around our complex this morning and did an amazing job. They were professional and punctual. Arrived on time, very efficient and ensured that all branches were clean up before leaving. Very pleasant to work with and we look forward to working with Trusty Tree Service over the summer and fall.

Lionel Grobel
April 22, 2023
Judith Hum
April 20, 2023

The gentlemen took down a long dead tree YAY !!!! Professional, honest and did a super job THX !!!!

Shelley Honey
April 18, 2023

Thank you Sarah for all of your help!

Sherry Honey
April 17, 2023

Sarah was very knowledgeable and walked us through the options of our tree removal. The team was friendly and overall a great experience. Would highly recommend Trusty Tree Services.

Paul Cairns
April 13, 2023

I look for three things when it comes to service: 1) friendly attitude, 2) timeliness, and 3) efficiency. The crew were excellent in all three scores. It was great to see a clean truck, maintained gear, and use of personal protective equipment as well. This is a great choice for tree care. Done in less than an hour!!!

Dean Mason
April 12, 2023

Mike’s crew did an amazing job for us - pruned trees & removed every visible black knot fungus. They picked up every twig & left our yard tidy. Very personal & professional crew - would strongly recommend their services ! 👍

Bea & Randall Huisman
April 12, 2023

Sarah and crew were here this morning and did one terrific job of trimming all of our trees. I highly recommend them to everyone needing any tree services done.

April 11, 2023

Sarah and Danny did a great job removing a large tree from the front of my yard. I was impressed with the time efficiency and clean up. I would recommend.

Christina Colenutt
January 19, 2023

When Trevor came to quote my yard at my new house, he helped me identify all the trees and shrubs, and clearly explained what work needed to be done. When the day came to do the work, Kolton and Carl were friendly and also walked me through what they were doing and why (I'm interested in these things and was asking questions). They did their best to save my cherry that is infected with black knot. Looking forward to having them come back to continue tree maintenance in the future.

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September 26, 2022
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Lisan Maclean
September 15, 2021

We had trusty trees! Cut down our tree and put all new grass down in our back yard and it's absolutely beautiful 😊 Also the crew are very friendly and extremely hard workers! Thank again ❣️

Matthew Hudon (Matt SH)
July 6, 2021

Excellent value for the work they provide. Our crew was very professional and cleaned up the area they chipped in, right down to the pavement.

Trevor Small
June 13, 2021

Trusty Tree is great. Had them remove two trees with cleanup and shredding. looks great and would use again!

Jessy Yau
June 8, 2021

We had a tree in our yard that had died a few years earlier and wasn’t sure who to call. We called Sunstar who recommended Trusty Tree to us. Trevor came out to look at our tree. We didn’t realize we had another Tree that was diseased. He sent us a quote very quickly. He was able to book a time for tree removal, stump grinding, as well as planting our new trees. The project was done in the timeline provided. The crews showed up on time or earlier than expected which was amazing! They were very professional. I would hire Trusty Tree again!

Renee Pelech
June 7, 2021
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June 5, 2021

Professional, courteous and reasonable pricing. Keep it local folks!

Rick McBryer
June 4, 2021

Excellent service. Good response time and automatic communication / payment system. Work was done effectively and efficiently.

Jay Lewis
June 4, 2021

Fantastic experience, staff was friendly and prompt. Left our acreage clean and tidy. Defiantly recommend Trusty Tree.

Graham Wyllie
June 3, 2021

They were on time did a great job & would recommend them any time.

David Provost
June 3, 2021
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June 2, 2021

Great service, Always happy to please. The team is great excellent at cleaning up and making everything look great. Highly recommend Trusty Tree.

Roger Crispin
June 2, 2021

Well done. Good service.

Lisa Johnston
June 2, 2021

Trusty tree has been doing work for a condo association for the last few years. They are always reliable, and thorough and easy to deal with.