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Significant and Landmark Trees

Landmark TreeIn 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
1) Six Blue Gum (Eucalyptus globulus) adjacent to 1801 Bush Street.
2) Brazilian pepper (Schinus terebinthifolius) at Third St. and Yosemite Street in the median triangle
3) Flaxleaf paperbark (Melaleuca linariifolia)at 1701 Franklin Street
4) Sweet Bay (Laurus nobilis) at 555 Battery Street
5) New Zealand Christmas Tree (Metrosiderous excelsus) at 1221 Stanyan Street
6) All Canary Island Date Palms (Phoenix canariensis) in the center island on Dolores Street
7) Thirteen Canary Island Date Palms (Phoenix canariensis) located throughout the Quesada Street median West of Third St. to the dead end.
8) Two Cliff Date Palms (Phoenix rupicola) in the Dolores Street median, one across from 730 Dolores Street and the second across from 1546 Dolores Street
9) The grove of Guadalupe Palm (Brahea edulis) in the Dolores St. median, across from 1608-1650 Dolores Street.
10) Coast live oak (Quercus agrifolia) in the backyard of 20-28 Rosemont Place
11) California buckeye (Aesculus californica) in the backyard of  730 28th Avenue
12) Coast live oak (Quercus agrifolia)in the backyard of  4124 23rd Street
13) Two Flowering Ash (Fraxinus ornus) at the Bernal Height Library at 500 Cortland Street
14) Blue Elderberry (Sambucus mexicana) in the Bernal Height Natural Area near the intersection of Folsom and Bernal Height Boulevard
15) Moreton Bay Fig (Ficus macrophylla) at 3555 Cesar Chavez Street
16) Monterey Cypress (Cupressus macrocarpa) in the backyard of 2626 Vallejo Street
17) Howell’s Manzanita (Arctostaphylos hispidule) in the backyard of 115 Parker Avenue
18) California Buckeye tree (Aesculus Californica) located behind 757 Pennsylvania Street, (Assessor's Bock 416B, Lot 11)
19) Norfolk Island Pine Tree (Araucaria heterophylla) in the courtyard of 2040-60 Sutter St.
20)  Two Canary Island Palms (Phoenix canariensis) in the courtyard of 2040-60 Sutter St.

To nominate a remarkable tree, visit the Landmark Tree Program webpage at SF Environment.

For additional information, contact us at:

The Department of Public Works
Bureau of Street Use and Mapping
1155 Market Street, 3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA  94103
(415) 554-6700


Last updated: 3/8/2013 10:13:22 AM