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Street Tree List

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A “Street Tree” is a tree planted in the City right of way, typically in landscape strips between the curb and the front of the sidewalk. In most cases, the back of the sidewalk is the edge of the right of way. However, in some cases, the right of way extends past the back of the sidewalk.

The following list of shade trees has been approved for use as street trees for the City of Sacramento:

  • Small trees, generally up to 25 feet tall and 25 feet wide at the spread, for use in small planting areas or under energized conductors
  • Medium trees, generally from 26 to 35 feet tall and 20 to 30 feet wide at the spread, for use in slightly larger areas
  • Medium to large trees, generally from 36 to 50 feet tall and 30 to 50 feet wide at the spread, for use in larger areas
  • Large trees, generally over 50 feet tall and 40 to 65 feet wide at the spread , for use in very large areas
  • Trees for narrow spaces, generally 20 to 50 feet tall and 8 to 15 feet wide at the spread–minimum planter width will vary from 6 to 10 feet

Please plant responsibly. The trees listed here are suitable for the climate and soil conditions of the City of Sacramento and are the officially adopted list for street trees. This is not an exhaustive list, and other species and varieties will be considered on a case by case basis. Note that this list is a living document and that species recommendations may change as a result of performance, or to increase diversity.

There are many reasons to select a specific variety, including flower or foliage color, crown form, tolerance to pests or diseases, irrigation and soil needs, adaptability, litter, pruning needs and other attributes. Consider the ultimate use of the tree, its ultimate size, its benefits and shortcomings and its cultural needs. Most healthy trees are removed because they outgrow the space allotted them, or create problems with surrounding improvements. You can also review a guide provided here for selecting and planting trees, as well as tips for early care.

For more information about suitable trees for around your home or business, please visit the Sacramento Tree Foundation at:

Please call 311 if you have any questions or concerns.