Adopt a Future Street Tree for the Holidays

Contact's name: 
Guillermo Rodriguez, 415-355-3756 or [email protected]
Ben Carlson, Friends of the Urban Forest 415-497-9342, [email protected]

Friends of the Urban Forest Invites You to Host a Live Tree this Holiday Season

WHAT: Adopt a live, potted future street tree and take it home for the holidays. San Francisco residents can adopt beautiful four-to-six-foot-tall Cajeput, Carrotwood, or Small-Leaf Tristania trees to bring home for decoration and enjoyment.

WHY: "Green Christmas Trees” are better than dead ones, and are a great way to re-think tradition. Friends of the Urban Forest will plant your adopted tree in a neighborhood that needs more trees, and you can even be a part of planting it! Aside from being beautiful, live potted holiday trees also create less waste than traditional Christmas trees.


Traditional Dead Xmas Trees Get Chipped vs. Live Xmas Trees Get Planted

Traditional Christmas trees typically have sad endings, lying bare on sidewalks and shedding dry brown needles until they’re carted off to be recycled. Maybe you are looking to add a little more life to your holiday celebration this year; that’s why Friends of the Urban Forest offers beautiful, potted, four-to-six-foot “Green Christmas Trees” every December for San Francisco residents to bring home, decorate, and enjoy for up to six weeks.  After they’re returned they’re planted on San Francisco streets for everyone’s benefit.

 “Living Christmas trees are much more environmentally friendly than dead ones,” said Dan Flanagan, FUF’s executive director.  “People in the Bay Area are good at re-thinking tradition, and the Green Christmas Tree is a great example.”

This year, FUF’s Green Christmas Trees will be available at the Matter Of Trust Eco-Center Center located at 3338 17th St. on Sunday, December 6th between noon and 4:00 p.m. Green Christmas Trees are available on a first-come, first-served basis, but can also be ordered ahead of time online at  The $75 cost is fully tax-deductible.

People who choose Green Christmas Trees instead of conventional cut trees help the environment by reducing waste and post-holiday litter, and after they’re planted they clean the air, reduce storm-water runoff into the Bay, and provide wildlife habitat.

Green Christmas Trees stand out for their appearance as much as for their ecological benefit.  The choices offered by FUF — the Cajeput (Melaleuca quinquenervia), Carrotwood (Cupaniopsis anacardioides), and Small-Leaf Tristania (Tristaniopsis laurina) — are not the cone-shaped firs and spruces commonly used as Christmas trees.  Rather, they are popular choices for beautifying the streets of San Francisco. 

Once the live tree is set up and decorated, it will look every bit as gorgeous as a conventional Christmas tree, with its novelty adding a bit of extra glamor.

For more information about the program please call Mei Ling Hui with the San Francisco Department of the Environment at 415-355-3731 or [email protected].

Download a printable version of this press release here (PDF).

About the San Francisco Department of the Environment

The San Francisco Department of the Environment creates visionary policies and innovative programs to improve, enhance, and preserve San Francisco's urban and natural environment, leading the way toward a sustainable future. By developing wide-ranging environmental programs, fostering groundbreaking legislation, working collaboratively with key partners, and educating the public on comprehensive sustainability practices, the department makes it easy for everyone in San Francisco to protect their environment.

About Friends of the Urban Forest

Friends of the Urban Forest is a non-profit organization that helps individuals and neighborhood groups to plant and care for street trees and sidewalk gardens in San Francisco. Since 1981, FUF has planted more than 50,000 trees to reduce the city’s tree shortage and to support the health and livability of the urban environment.