Friends of the Urban Forest makes it easy and affordable for San Franciscans to get new trees in front of their properties. Street trees beautify and improve neighborhoods, increase property values, reduce storm-water runoff, and clean the air (see more benefits here). We pay most of the costs (see the copayment chart below). We also offer a limited number of free trees. To sign up for a tree or a free site visit, complete the tree planting forms. If you have any questions, contact Esmeralda by phone at 415-268-0772 or by email with our contact form.
The Tree Package
When you sign up for a tree, we provide all this:
- Check utilities to ensure no interference
- Cut and dispose of concrete from sidewalk
- Species recommendations by our arborists
- The TREE itself
- Hardware to support and protect the tree
- A volunteer planting crew to help you plant it
- New tree owner’s manual
- 3 years of tree care services
For a small additional charge, we also offer labor-saving watering bags that encircle trees and slowly water them, and wire mesh screens that provide extra protection to trees in risky locations.
We plant trees in any San Francisco neighborhood where at least 30 trees are requested. Plantings are community events that include neighborhood residents, volunteers and FUF staff. Plantings usually happen on Saturday mornings, and conclude with refreshments provided by neighbors. If you want to help us spread the word in your neighborhood so the planting happens soon, we’ll show you how to be a Neighborhood Organizer (the first step is always a casual “happy hour” meeting in the neighborhood). If you’re not able to order a street tree yourself, but you’d like to help plant them, see our Volunteer page.
Most of our tree planting costs are covered by grants and donations. Property owners make a co-payment on a sliding scale from a minimum amount (see chart below) up to $500 for most trees if you’d like to cover our full costs. Your minimum co-payment is not tax-deductible, but any additional amount you choose to pay is tax-deductible. We sometimes have additional grant funding to further subsidize plantings in certain neighborhoods; call Jasmine at 415-268-0772 to confirm the copayment for your neighborhood.
Most Trees Copayment Fast Growers* Copayment
Initial tree planting price.
Includes three tree care visits during the first three years after planting
$135-$500 per tree (sliding scale) Initial tree planting price.
Includes four tree care visits during the first three years after planting
$180-$545 per tree (sliding scale)
Optional fourth tree care visit, approximately five years after planting – pre-pay when you get your tree OR pay now to add this service for your tree $75 Optional fifth tree care visit, approximately five years after planting – pre-pay when you get your tree OR pay now to add this service for your tree $75
- all Acacia species
- Australian Tea Tree (Leptospermum laevigatum)
- Brisbane Box (Lophostemon confertus/Tristania conferta)
- Chinese Elm (Ulmus parvifolia)
- all Eucalyptus species
- Locust Tree (Robinia spp.)
- Primrose Tree (Lagunaria patersonii)
- Peppermint Willow (Agonis flexuosa)