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Adopt a Living Tree for Christmas


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!


Living Holiday Trees

Tree Pick-Up


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

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

When: You may pick up your tree at the Friends of the Urban Forest office during open office hours. Visit the FAQs page or contact 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


Program Questions: Contact Mei Ling Hui, SF Environment at (415) 355-3731 or

Order Questions: Contact Esmerelda Martinez, Friends of the Urban Forest at 415-268-0772 or

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







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