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Adopt a Living Tree for Christmas

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Green Christmas Tree Lot: Saturday, December 3rd

This year, get a future street tree for the holidays!

Green your holiday celebrations with a living, potted tree, hand-picked to thrive on San Francisco's streets. Return the tree after the holidays, and Friends of the Urban Forest will plant it in a neighborhood that needs more trees (and you can participate in the planting if you like).

Green Holiday Trees reduce waste and post-holiday litter. After they’re planted on the streets of San Francisco, they clean the air, reduce storm-water runoff into the Ocean and Bay, and provide wildlife habitat.

Trees will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, and include Fern Pine, Japanese Blueberry, Catalina Ironwood, and Small-Leaf Tristania – all great trees for our city. For a tax-deductible $75 donation to Friends of the Urban Forest, you get a fine tree for the holidays – and you make the city greener!


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Living Holiday Trees


Tree Pick-Up

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What: 3'-6' tall non-traditional holiday trees (Primrose, Catalina Ironwood, Fern Pine, and other trees that are good for San Francisco's streets)

When: Pick up your tree, make ornaments, and join us for refreshments at the
Green Christmas Tree Lot on Saturday, December 3rd from 10am-2pm.

Where: Friends of the Urban Forest Office, at Edie Road and Kendall Drive in the Presidio.

Pick-ups after December 3rd: You may also pick up your tree at the Friends of the Urban Forest office during open office hours after December 3rd. Visit the FAQs page or contact MeiLing.Hui@sfgov.org for more pick up information. Trees will be available on a first-come first-served basis. Pick up your tree early for the best selection!

Why: Living trees are the best holiday option, if you have a place to plant them afterwards. Adopt a Green Christmas tree to green your home, green your streets, and green the next generation!

Tree Return: Returning your tree is easy! You can drop it off at Friends of the Urban Forest's offices after the holiday season is over or, for a small fee, they will come to your house to retrieve it.

Did You Know? 

  • By choosing a living, potted tree, you'll help grow San Francisco's urban forest canopy. 

  • Trees positively affect the mental well-being of urban dwellers, making us safer, happier, and better able to handle stress.

  • Urban trees reduce water pollution by capturing street runoff from storms. They also save on energy costs by acting as shade from the sun and as a shield from the wind.

  • Street trees help clean the air and can reduce incidences of childhood asthma.

  • San Francisco can accommodate another 50,000 street trees. We currently have about 105,000 trees. 

Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

Green Tree Care Instructions (PDF)

Why get a living tree? (Comparing Living Trees to Cut Trees and Artificial Trees)

More info on available trees: Fern PineJapanese BlueberryCatalina Ironwood, and Small-Leaf Tristania


Questions?

Program Questions: Contact Mei Ling Hui, SF Environment at (415) 355-3731 or meiling.hui@sfgov.org.

Order Questions: Contact Esmerelda Martinez, Friends of the Urban Forest at 415-268-0772 or Esmeralda@fuf.net

View photos from past events: Friends of the Urban Forest and SF Environment.

 

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