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Best Smaller Local Tree Companies in Toronto

When we’re on site with a homeowner discussing their project, we often end up talking about the industry, what to expect, and how to compare quotes from different companies. 

Sometimes, we’re the best fit for a client. Other times there may be a better fit at another company. We’re happy to refer to other professional tree companies. We want to make sure all potential clients understand the work they’re getting, the cost and the best alternatives out there.

When clients are looking for the “buy local” feel of a smaller local tree care company, these are the competitors we have our eyes on as the best local arborist companies in Toronto.

All of these companies are ones we have connections to. The arborist community is very small, so in many cases we have either worked with, worked for, taught, or trained with arborists working at these companies. We’re proud to include them on the list!

Below are the best smaller local tree services in Toronto, with a solid track record of delivery. If you’re looking for the top arborists in the city, you can check out our list of the Top Tree Services in Toronto.

We have a much larger list of all the tree services and arborists in Toronto if you’d like more to compare to. Of course, reading up a bit on tree care costs in Toronto in 2023 can also help to give you a better understanding of the factors involved in tree care quotes and prices from different companies.

Best Local Arborists in Toronto Neighbourhoods

1. Elite Tree Care

Elite is on our list of top tree companies but that doesn’t mean they aren’t a great “buy local” choice. Located in Leaside, Elite is a family-owned and -operated business that’s been offering their tree expertise for years.

2. Heritage Tree Care

Another company on our top tree companies list is Heritage. The owner, Joe, is a well-known arborist in Parkdale, High Park and other west end areas, though they work across the city. As a small to medium-sized local company providing great tree pruning and removal, they are also a great local option.

3. Birch Cliff Tree Care

No local arborist list would be complete without BirchCliff tree care, which operates in – you guessed it – Birchcliff! That’s in Scarborough, near the Bluffs and other communities like Cliffcrest. This company has been round for awhile and is very proud of its community.

4. Evergreen Tree Care

Evergreen is located in the east end of Toronto but services the whole city. They’re smaller, locally owned and operated and provide professional arborist services.

5. Greenwood Tree Care

Greenwood Tree Care is located in Leslieville and run by an arborist named Mike. This company is hyperlocal and still quite new, but serves clients in the east end of Toronto and Scarborough.


If you’re looking for a smaller local tree company alternatives, getting quotes from the companies listed above is a good bet.

As local arborists in Toronto ourselves, we’re community focused and driven just like these fine companies. What are the benefits of hiring a smaller local company? Here are a few we can think of:

  • All of these companies have owners who are directly involved in the work of the business, whether it is on the job site, quoting or a mix of both
  • You know who you’re getting – the crews are smaller, and the accountability is higher
  • Local companies have the same or better insurance than their big box counterparts
  • You’re more likely to get the customization and responsiveness you’re looking for
  • You’re contributing to the local economy

Think your company should be listed here? Drop us a line. Unlike Homestars, our some other listing services we make recommendations based on our personal and professional knowledge. We’re happy to discuss how you’re improving the industry!

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Cheryl Cooke
James responded quickly to my request for a quote and he and his crew did an extremely professional job with perfect cleanup. I would recommend these guys in a heartbeat. James is an excellent communicator and a pleasure to work with. Thanks for giving my garden a great jump on Spring.
Lawrence Tavers
James and Michael have been the best arborists I’ve ever dealt with. First off, they were friendly and professional. They didn’t just throw out a number, they went through the job and what needed to be done and what didn’t and gave me a reasonable price. On the day, the crew came and did a fantastic job. It was a hard one but they made it look easy. And the clean up was perfect, my yard looked better than it did before they came. They’re my go to from now on.
Johnathan Melnick
I got two trees removed for a renovation project, and vista was on it right from the start. Report came through right away, permits right after but then due to some cost over runs I had to delay for 4 months and hold off on the removals until last month. Trees came down so well, crew was really professional. They left the site looking CLEAN and thats saying a lot as it had a lot of builder garbage around .stump grinding happened right away. James and Mike went above and beyond to manage this and help me out when the unexpected happened. Definitely recommend.
Ronald Romick
Very professional work. We are very satisfied with the quality of the work done. We would recommend Vista 100 percent. Great quality, performance and professional.
John Rydzkowski
I had James and his crew cut down and remove my 40'+ blue spruce before the wind blew it over. There was an urgency in getting the work done and they were there for me. They were very professional, worked safely and cleaned up when they were finished. They also showed me proof of insurance and WSIB which is very important as a home owner. I'm happy to recommend them to anyone. Thanks 😊
Marlee Pinsker
Vista Tree Management came to our house and did a wonderful job helping to protect the roof from squirrel damage. James walked around the perimeter of the house with me and pointed out every tree branch that might possibly be the instrument of a squirrel finding its way to the roof. He then set up a time, came over promptly, and in short time cut down many tree limbs and branches. He consulted with me about whether anything else needed to be done, and when I pointed out one last branch, he cut it down. I feel I have finally found a tree service which has the knowledge and expertise to help with my property. My husband and I are more than satisfied! The staff at Vista Tree Management were so very helpful.
Kristian Alexander Kennedy
We had the pleasure of working with Vista recently and we could not have asked for better service. We have a small apple tree and hedge in our front yard that we wanted pruned. As part of the quote, we had also requested that some time be spent with us as the pruning occurred so that we could learn how to properly care for our garden going forward. James was prompt, responsive and incredibly thorough. He completed the tasks exactly as we had discussed and as was quoted. He was patient and spent lots of time teaching us the various pruning methods that he was utilizing. Not only does he have excellent attention to detail while pruning, but he also takes great care in cleaning up all the plant debris once he was finished the job. We can’t thank him enough for the excellent service provided. We will be sure to reach out to Vista for all of our future pruning/landscaping needs. Thanks James.
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