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We give free native trees and fruit trees to eligible* San Francisco residents to plant in their yards and gardens.

We launched an Adopt-A-Yard-Tree program in response to numerous requests for native trees and fruit trees by the communities we serve. Many of these trees are better suited to yards, which give them more room and better conditions to grow strong.

The purposes of this program are to:

  • strengthen vulnerable neighborhoods against the impacts of a changing climate;

  • improve the overall health of San Francisco residents;

  • increase native tree canopy, which serves as a natural habitat for native wildlife and pollinators;

  • grow fruit trees to increase community food security and resilience.

During our pilot season for the Adopt-A-Yard-Tree program, we distributed 200 trees in partnership with organizations in the eligible communities including Wu Yee Children’s Services, Bayview Community Hub, GM Consulting Group, San Francisco Public Works, Storefront Records, The Salvation Army Kroc Center, Liveable City, and others.

We have received funding to continue the Adopt-A-Yard-Tree program through the end of June, 2024. If interested, please fill out our Yard Tree Adoption Interest Form to be notified of upcoming tree adoption events. Tree species are subject to availability and may vary at each event. Note that submitting a request form does not guarantee that you'll receive a tree.

Questions: Email

The pilot season of this program was made possible by a $50,000 Community Resilience Grant from Bank of America and the Arbor Day Foundation and by a grant from the Urban & Community Forestry Program of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

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