In 2007, The Urban Forestry Ordinance of the Public Works Code was revised by the Board of Supervisors to protect certain trees on private property that are close to the public right-of-way.
Significant trees are within 10 feet of the public right-of-way and also meet one of the following size requirements:
20 feet or greater in height,
15 feet or greater canopy width, or
12 inches or greater diameter of trunk measured at 4.5 feet above grade.
These trees are granted the same protections as street trees, and a permit is required before any significant tree can be removed. Permits are required for planting or removing street trees and significant trees.
Landmark trees are trees that have been designated by the Board of Supervisors as extra special. It may be due to the rareness of the species, their size or age, or extraordinary structure, or ecological contribution. In addition, historical or cultural importance can qualify a tree for Landmark Status. Property owners, any member of the Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission, the Landmarks Advisory Board, and/or directors of a city department may nominate trees on public or private land to protect and preserve their value and presence in the community under the San Francisco Landmark Tree Program.
Trees that are designated by the city for landmark status are protected from physical damage and removal.
List of Designated Landmark Trees
- 1801 Bush Street (Adjacent): Six Blue Gum (Eucalyptus globulus)
- 3rd St and Yosemite Median Triangle: Brazilian pepper (Schinus terebinthifolius)
- 1701 Franklin St: Flaxleaf paperbark (Melaleuca linariifolia)
- 555 Battery St: Sweet Bay (Laurus nobilis)
- 1221 Stanyan St: New Zealand Christmas Tree (Metrosiderous excelsus)
- Dolores St Center Island: All Canary Island Date Palms (Phoenix canariensis)
- Quesada Street Median (West of 3rd St. to dead end): Thirteen Canary Island Date Palms (Phoenix canariensis)
- Dolores St Median (Across 730 Dolores St and second from 1546 Dolores St): Two Cliff Date Palms (Phoenix rupicola)
- Dolores St Median (Across 1608-1650 Dolores St): The grove of Guadalupe Palm (Brahea edulis)
- 20-28 Rosemont Pl (Backyard): Coast live oak (Quercus agrifolia)
- 730 28th Ave (Backyard): California buckeye (Aesculus californica)
- 4124 23rd St (Backyard): Coast live oak (Quercus agrifolia)
- 500 Cortland St (Bernal Height Library): Two Flowering Ash (Fraxinus ornus)
- Folsom and Bernal Height Blvd Intersection (Bernal Height Natural Area): Blue Elderberry (Sambucus mexicana)
- 3555 Cesar Chavez St: Moreton Bay Fig (Ficus macrophylla)
- 2626 Vallejo St (Backyard): Monterey Cypress (Cupressus macrocarpa)
- 115 Parker Ave (Backyard): Howell’s Manzanita (Arctostaphylos hispidule)
- 757 Pennsylvania St (Behind, Assessor's Block 416B, Lot 11): California Buckeye tree (Aesculus Californica)
- 2040-60 Sutter St (Courtyard): Norfolk Island Pine Tree (Araucaria heterophylla)
- 2040-60 Sutter St (Courtyard): Two Canary Island Palms (Phoenix canariensis)
To nominate a remarkable tree, visit the Landmark Tree Program webpage at SF Environment.
For additional information, contact us at:
San Francisco Public Works
Bureau of Street Use and Mapping
1155 Market Street, 3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103