Create safer, cleaner, and healthier neighborhoods by planting trees in your yard, on your street, and in your parks, and schools.



We compiled a list of the best 80+ trees for our region! Find ideal trees for your space by searching our Shady Eighty tree guide for tree characteristics you’re most interested in!


Around Your Home

Every home and business benefits from trees. Start with shade trees to keep your home cool and save energy in the summer months. Our Sacramento Shade Tree Program offers up to 10 free shade trees to SMUD customers. Review our Shady Eighty: Trees for a Cooler Sacramento region (.pdf), a tree list to help you choose the best tree for your yard.

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In Your Community

Communities come together under a healthy tree canopy. From lower crime rates to higher property values, you can bring the benefits of free trees to the streets, schools, and parks throughout your neighborhood through the Community Shade Tree Program.

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In your Jurisdiction

City and county streets and parks are home to most of our public trees. They are often the signature trees of a community because they are the largest and most frequently seen. We offer the Greenprint toolkit to everyone, from policy makers to tree professionals to home owners, who wants to know more about the planting, care, benefits, costs and value of trees. See the value of the trees in your community by visiting GreenprintMaps.

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Across the Region

The Greenprint initiative is a regional framework designed to build an optimal urban forest in every neighborhood, business district, park, school, and street in our 6-county region. The Greenprint sets the stage for our efforts to plant 5 million new trees in the Sacramento region. Our Greenprint Champions are elected officials from our region's 22 cities and 6 counties that have pledged to develop livable and sustainable communities by building the best urban forests.

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News See all

Top 5 Trees for Fall Color

Can you feel it? Fall is in the air! Crisp mornings, leaves changing colors, and the ubiquitous flavor of pumpkin spice have arrived. Living in one of the most diverse urban forests in the world (Sacramento boasts more than 100 different species of trees), we are fortunate each Fall to watch as our trees prepare for Winter and our urban forest becomes a wild expanse of color. Here are a few of our most favorite colorful trees available through our Sacramento Shade Program.

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It's Takes a (Lincoln) Village

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Fruitridge Manor: ROOTing For A Better Tomorrow!

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We will reach our 5 million tree goal with your help. Volunteer with us to plant more trees where you live, work, and play.

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Plant a Tree

Learn the answers to these questions:

  • How wide should I dig the hole when I plant shade trees?
  • How high above the soil level should the top of the root ball be?

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Events See all

Samuel Kennedy Tree Planting & Garden Party

Samuel Kennedy Elementary School

Saturday, November 5 8:30A - 12:00P

At the Sacramento Tree Foundation, our vision is to bring beautiful, tree-lined streets, shaded parks and schools, and full-canopy forests to the entire Sacramento community. YOU can be a part of this journey by joining us at Samuel Kennedy Elementary School as we plant 40+ new shade trees and fix up the school garden.

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Arden Park NeighborWoods Planting

Arden Park neighborhood

Sunday, November 6 8:30A - 12:00P

Like many Sacramento neighborhoods, Arden Park faces a declining tree canopy due to an aging population of trees made up mostly of Modesto Ash. The forward thinking neighborhood, more than a decade ago, formed a group that created an annual Tree Planting Project to replace those trees and revitalize their community. This year we will need the assistance of our TREEmendous volunteers. Come enjoy your neighbors and help out the community.

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