Urban Tree Species Directory
This is a directory of the tree species that you are likely to see in San Francisco.
Not all of these trees are appropriate as street trees and FUF does not plants trees that will not thrive in the urban environment.
Because San Francisco has a variety of micro-climates and conditions, the location of your property is a big factor in choosing a suitable tree. A tree that thrives in the Mission neighborhood, for example, may not thrive in the Sunset.
Click any species below to see photos and detailed information about it. Use the Tree Sorter at right to show tree species that match your preferences or that are suited to certain conditions.
American Sweet Gum
Native to Eastern United States, from Southwestern Connecticut to Florida (also found in mountains of Mexico and Guatemala). All color displays are spectacular. Fall colors in San Francisco.include oranges, reds, and yellows. Seed capsules are decorative. Disease and pest resistant.
Australian Tea Tree
Native to Australia. Commonly seen in Golden Gate Park as a shrub with twisted, interesting trunks.
Native to Australia. Neat, low maintenance street tree. Weeping form recalls willow without the problems of a true willow. Disease and pest resistant.
Hybrid cultivar; very popular in US, Australia, and New Zealand. More tolerant of short drought than other maples, but should be regularly watered. Fall color lasts longer than that of other maples.
Native to Australia. Few diseases, but may get aphids or sooty mold without enough water and care. The 'Purpurea' cultivar has purple to lavender colored new growth, same height, but slightly smaller spread.
Native to Australia and Tasmania. Very good as a solid screen tree.
Native to Australia. Low-maintenance street tree well adapted to harsh urban conditions. Disease and pest resistant.
Native to China. Heavy textured tree with interesting foliage. Attracts birds.
Native to east coast of Queensland and New South Wales in Australia, southeast New Guinea and New Caledonia. Good tree for 2x3' basins and beneath overhead wires. Disease and pest resistant. Attracts birds.
Native to California Coastal Ranges Sierra Nevada Foothills below 4,000'. Beautiful flowers and winter silhouette
Native to California. Stunning flowering tree in winter.
Native to China, Japan, and Taiwan. Leaves are aromatic when crushed. Camphor is distilled from the leaves and twigs.
Native to Eastern Mediterranean. In San Francisco, males are planted along sidewalks. Females produce and drop 1' long, dark-brown leathery seed pods (the seed pods are ground to a fine powder and used as a chocolate substitute).
Native to Australia. Good tree for 2x3' basins. Disease and pest resistant.
California native (Channel Islands). Often hybridizes with Prunus ilicifolia in native habitat.
Native to southeast Asia. Renowned for its fragrant flowers.
Native to China, Korea, and Japan. Willow-like form with lacy foliage and attractive bark. Resists pests and diseases, including Dutch elm disease. Quickly creates shady canopies. 'Drake' resists anthracnose better than other Chinese Elms.
Chinese Flame Tree
Native to Asia. Good shade tree. Leaves turn yellow in the fall. Flowers attract bees.
Native to China. Good fall color, even in mild climates. Pest resistant.
Coast Live Oak
Native to San Francisco peninsula, coastal Central and Southern California. Good choice for large basins and boulevard plantings.
Native to Mediterranean and northern Africa. Bark is very interesting and beautiful. Source of natural wine corks.
Native to China. Beautiful bark and flowers. May have single or multiple trunks. Popular street tree in Southern California.
Cultivated variety from Japan. Most disease-free flowering cherries for our climate.
Native to New Zealand and Australia. Not a true palm.
Native to Europe and North Africa. Good flower display in spring and berries are attractive on the bare winter branching. Good tree for 2x3' basins and beneath overhead wires. Thorns can help deter vandalism. Attracts birds.
European White Birch
Native to Europe, Asia, and northern Africa. Cannot tolerate drought. Attracts birds foraging for food.
Native to Mexico. Generally does not go dormant in San Francisco except in cold years.
Native to China and Taiwan. Interesting weeping form and some spring flower display. Good tree beneath overhead wires.
Native to Eastern Africa. Good tree for 2x3' basins and narrow sidewalks. Successful in shady spots.
Fernleaf Catalina Ironwood
Native to Catalina Island. Good street tree for coastal areas, as long as it has some wind protection.
Native to Australia. Flowers look like snow on branches in the summer. Good tree beneath overhead wires. Good in wet soil, poor dra
Cultivar of Japanese native. Spring flower display. Good tree for 2x3' basins and beneath overhead wires. Disease and pest resistant. Attracts birds and bees.
Cultivar of Chinese natives. Attractive fall foliage and spring flowers.
Hybrid of Prunus cerasifera 'Atropurpurea' and Prunus mume.
Native to China and Korea. Dense canopy provides an effective screen.
Gold Medallion Tree
Native to Brazil. Stunning display of yellow flowers in summer.
Golden Rain Tree
Native to Asia. Attractive papery fruit capsules.
The aromatic, dried leaves can be used in cooking as a seasoning. Attracts birds.
Native to New Zealand where it grows as high as 50'. Also available in variegated form. Great as a windbreak.
Excellent tree beneath overhead wires. Disease and pest resistant. Attracts birds.
Native to central and eastern North America. Produces few seed pods annually.
Italian Stone Pine
Native to Mediterranean. Source of edible pine nuts.
Native to Brazil. Flowers are attractive and attract birds and bees.
Japanese Blueberry Tree
Native to China, Japan. Attractive foliage with high potential for a street tree in protected microclimates with good fertile soils.
Japanese Flowering Crabapple
Native to Japan. Many cultivars in existence. Beautiful spring blossoms.
Native to Japan, China, and Korea. Beautiful fall color, winter silhouette, and spring leaf budding.
Kohuhu, Black Pittosporum
Native to New Zealand. Flowers are fragrant at night.
Native to Australia. Spectacular when in full bloom. Very tough tree. Good tree for small spaces; 2'x3' basins; beneath overhead wires. Disease and pest resistant. Flowers attract hummingbirds. Dense canopy attracts other birds as well.
Native to New Zealand. Leaves emit a strong lemon smell when crushed.
Native to Europe. Often used as a shade tree and does well in urban environments.
London Plane Tree
A beautiful, hardy tree well adapted to harsh urban conditions. A member of the sycamore family.
Native to China, very little native habitat left. Most trees sold at nurseries are male clones. Female seed is smelly, but an Asian delicacy when boiled or roasted. Leaves used in Chinese herbal medicine. Can be used in bonsai.
Mediterranean Fan Palm
Native to the Mediterranean. Hardier than other palms.
Mountain She-Oak, Beefwood
Native to Australia. Needle-like leaves look similar to pine needles. Good as a windbreak.
Native of New Zealand. Popular Bay Area tree because of tolerances. Current populations are being devastated by recent introduction of Myoporum thrips (Kambothrips myopori). Do not plant susceptible species.
New Zealand Christmas Tree
Native to New Zealand. Excellent choice for coastal neighborhoods; tolerates prevailing winds. Disease and pest resistant.
New Zealand Tea Tree
Native to New Zealand. Profuse, showy flowers in multiple colors.
Native to the Mediterranean. A tough street tree. Commonly planted variety 'Majestic Beauty' bears virtually no fruit. 'Mission' and 'Treeland Low Fruiting' will produce fruit.
Native to Peru. Often called "California Pepper Tree" because it has naturalized here.
Native to Australia. Older trees develop beautiful weeping form. Disease and pest resistant. Crushed leaves smell like peppermint.
Native to Australia. Known for its interesting bark and flowers.
Native to South Pacific and Australia; related to hibiscus. Blooms best in coastal conditions. Form is less narrow and erect in old age.
Purple Robe Locust
Hybrid of Robinia ambigua 'Decaisneana' and R. hispida 'Monument'. Known for beautiful flowers and winter silhouette.
One of the first trees to bloom in the spring, fragrant flowers. Good tree for 2x3' basins and beneath overhead wires. Attracts bees.
Native to Brazil. Handsome flowing fine-textured fronds.
Native to South Europe, Western Asia. Fine, delicate-looking tree.
Hybrid between eastern US (Aesculus hippocastanum) and European species (Aesculus pavia). Striking red flowers attract hummingbirds. Good under overhead wires.
Native to Australia. Sweet flower nectar is attractive to bees. Beautiful flower display.
Native to central and eastern United States. Excellent shade tree and fall color for larger areas.
Native to Australia. Flowers are attractive along with the strong, wide trunk and the dense dark green canopy.
Native to eastern United States. Often grows multiple trunks. Attracts birds foraging for food.
Hybrid originating in France. Leaves are lighter green and more delicate than other magnolias.
Native to eastern United States. Does not get mistletoe as much as other oaks.
Silver Dollar Gum
Native to Australia. Tough street tree. Silver, gray green foliage shimmers in the wind. Disease and pest resistant.
Native to eastern Australia. Tough, low-maintenance tree. Develops into a formal-looking shape. Appropriate beneath overhead wires. Disease and pest resistant.
Native to Chile. Grows moderately at first, but slows down with age.
Native to SE United States. Spectacular, long-lasting white, fragrant flowers and attractive foliage make this a very popular street tree. Smaller, slow-growing varieties are appropriate for beneath overhead wires.
Does not tolerate strong winds. Develops thrips, prone to aphids, sticky honeydew, sooty mold and powdery mildew (usually an aesthetic nuisance vs. health issue). Normal for some older leaves to yellow and drop. Fruit can be messy.
Native to the Himalayas. Provides flower display in winter months, very fragrant. Good tree for 2x3' basins and beneath overhead wires. Formerly named Michelia doltsopa.
Native to Australia. Flower fragrance is pleasant and attracts birds and bees.
Native to China, Korea, and Japan. Remarkable fall color and stunning winter silhouette.
Native to Australia. Valued for their foliage and form when allowed to branch naturally. Flowers are very fragrant, like orange blossoms, most noticeable in the evenings. Attracts birds and bees.
Native to northern California to British Columbia. Understory tree. Native alternative to Japanese maple.
Native to southeastern US. Attractive changing display all year long, reflects seasonal changes. Good tree for 2x3' basins, beneath overhead wires. Attracts birds.
Native to Australia. Excellent tree for narrow sidewalks; 2x3' basins; beneath overhead wires. Flowers attract hummingbirds. More upright form than Callistemon citrinus.
Native to California. Resistant to oak root fungus. Flowers before leaves appear.
Native to eastern United States. Needs a large area to grow. Great shade tree in the summer.
Cultivar of fruiting white mulberry native to China. Can be pollarded.
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