Tree Planting

Pruning or Removing City Trees

The pruning or removing of City trees is completed by City Staff. City maintained trees may be on land owned by the City, City Right of Ways, or in front of homes and commercial property within the City tree easement. Service is usually restricted, but not limited, to those trees originally planted by the City. Requests for either of these services may be made by contacting our Parks Division at (650) 829-3837. Service is based upon need or necessity. For instance; storm emergencies, traffic and safety needs, and projects have priority over cosmetic or aesthetic needs.

For more information, visit the Tree Removal Permits page.

Planting of new City Trees

Homeowners may request a tree to be planted in front of their home. These trees shall be provided only if it is feasible for a tree to thrive within the City easement so as not to interfere with underground or overhead utilities, vehicles, buildings, or signage. Each new tree’s location shall be evaluated by a representative of the Park Division in order to determine if the site is suitable. Individual homes may request one tree, while "corner" homes may request two trees. Trees planted are based on availability. Scheduled planting shall be based upon pruning or removal schedules. Planting requests may be made by contacting our Parks Division at (650) 829-3837. To learn more about urban trees, please visit:

Friends of the Urban Forest 

Cal Poly SLO Urban Forest Ecosystems Institute SelectTree Tree Selection Guide