Friends of the Urban Forest has a “Replacement Tree” program to replant street trees in empty tree basins (open squares cut out of cement sidewalks).
Our replacement program is appropriate for you if:
- the tree basin adjacent to your property is empty
- your basin contains a stump
- you have a dead tree
If you have questions after reading the information below, please contact Kieva by phone at 415-268-0772 or by email with our contact form.
I have a stump or dead tree in the basin
The basin needs to be planting-ready before you apply for a replacement tree. If the basin has a small tree, you may be able to remove it yourself; otherwise you will need to submit a request to SF311, the City’s “customer service center,” so the City can remove it.
Step 1: Submit a Tree Maintenance Request to SF311 to remove the stump or dead tree.
Step 2: Fill out a FUF Tree Planting Request once the basin is empty and ready to be planted.
Step 3: Wait for a Planting Manager to reach out to you about the planting date (Note: We have a long queue for Replacement Trees at this time. Your wait time could be up to one year).
I have an empty basin
To get started and sign up for a free site visit, please fill out this form:
Fill out a FUF Tree Planting Request once the basin is empty and ready to be planted. This means the basin is free of a stump, dead tree, or any plants.
I filled out the forms. What happens next?
If we have an upcoming community planting in your neighborhood, we will include you.
If not, we will schedule your tree planting separately. Our Replacement Tree Planting Manager has a tree planting queue of 10- 12 months. You will be contacted within the month we are ready to plant your tree. Currently, we plant replacement trees on Thursday mornings. You are invited to volunteer with us to plant your tree. Your presence is encouraged though not required.
Our Urban Tree Species Directory contains images and descriptions of the trees you see around the City.
It’s best to explore a few you like, but we will make expert recommendations after viewing your site.
Watering your tree
Unless otherwise notified, you should take on responsibility to water your tree. Your tree will come with a water bag, which you should fill up once a week for the next three years.
Learn more about watering: fuf.net/watering