Gallery: Rent a Living Xmas Tree to Replant in San Francisco


San Francisco residents looking to deck their halls with green holiday decor will be excited to hear that for a limited time the SF Environment Department is teaming up with Friends of the Urban Forest to offer living Christmas trees that will be replanted in neighborhoods after the holidays! Although they’re not your classic x-mas evergreens, these adopted saplings offer an excellent alternative to clear-cut trees, and will live on as a gift to the community long after the holiday season.

It’s a bit heartbreaking to see all those bristle-bare Christmas trees lining city streets after the holidays, and this initiative will prevent the needless destruction and disposal of trees while infusing urban spaces with much needed greenery. Residents can select from 4 different species, and after the holidays the tree will be picked up from your home and planted in a San Francisco neighborhood.

Urban trees offer a number of benefits to city streets including reducing water pollution by capturing street runoff from storms, cutting energy costs by acting as shade from the sun and a shield from wind, and helping to clean the air. Currently San Francisco streets are lined with 106,000 trees, and they can accommodate up to 120,000 more.

Adopting a tree costs $90 and you can order them up until Monday, December 8th at

+ Green Christmas @ SF Environment Department

+ Friends of the Urban Forest


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  1. Plantree rentals August 20, 2010 at 3:14 pm
    Renting beautiful redwoods and spruce then planting them in burn areas, county space and Santa Cruz Mountains when they outgrow the pot.

  2. jeanX November 25, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    sf again, where leaves never fall, where Winter never happens,
    where it is always Spring—rainy or sunny.
    You do not need ac/heat in sf.
    Enough about sf.
    Let’s solve the REAL energy problems.
    Like the whole-rest-of-the-country.

  3. organicgrid November 24, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    great concept!

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