Sunnyvale Street Trees and Urban Forest
The City of Sunnyvale provides maintenance services for approximately 37,000 street trees, with the assistance of adjacent property owners. The City provides pruning services for street trees to maintain structural integrity and to avoid branch/trunk failure, as much as possible.
- Street trees are not pruned for size control.
- All trees naturally produce debris, including leaf and needle litter.
- Residents are expected to maintain any debris in the right-of-way, water their street tree as needed and report any problems regarding their street trees.
- City staff also helps to sustain the street tree population with new and replacement tree planting.
- The Street Tree Program only provides limited maintenance for trees planted in the right-of-way. We do not provide services for trees planted on private property.
- For more information on how to properly maintain street trees or to look for a local arborist for tree help, visit TreesAreGood.com.
Some of the benefits trees provide our community include:
- Trees help to keep houses and the public right-of-way cooler in the summer.
- They also provide overall beauty to the street, and increase property values.
- 100 trees remove 53 tons of carbon dioxide and 430 pounds of other air pollutants from the environment each year.
- Neighborhoods with trees experience fewer crime related incidents and are safer and more sociable.
To report a fallen tree or tree limb, or other street tree concern, call the Street Trees Program in the Parks Division at (408) 730-7506, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. For emergencies after business hours, call Public Safety Dispatch at (408) 730-7180.
Arbor Day Events a Success!
On Saturday, March 7, The City and SUFA celebrated Arbor Day with tree planting in three locations. In the photo above, City staff is demonstrating the proper planting a of street tree in the Stowell-Orchard neighborhood. Trees were also planted on Wright Avenue and at Serra Park.
Street Tree Planting Agreement
To request a free street tree to be planted in the right-of-way adjacent to your home download a Street Tree Planting Agreement
. Street trees are planted at no cost for Sunnyvale residents. The street tree planting season begins November and ends in March. For residents with newly planted street trees, download a guide on how to water and care for your new street tree.
Due to the overwhelmingly positive response to our outreach efforts, most plantings will not take place until the fall of 2015 or winter of 2016. For questions regarding the planting of new street trees, please call the Street Tree Planting Hotline at (408) 730-2745.
City Awards Contract for Pruning of Street Trees
The City of Sunnyvale has recently awarded a contract to West Coast Arborist for the pruning of all public street trees on an average interval of every 7 years. All street trees on a street block will be pruned at the same time to improve the structural integrity of the trees for the purpose of public safety. Street tree pruning by WCA has been temporarily suspended. If you are aware of a tree that may be unsafe and in need of pruning services, please call the Parks Division at (408) 730-7506.
Street Tree Work Permit Application
Street Tree Planting List
For residents who want to hire a licensed arborist to prune an adjacent street tree more frequently to control leaf or acorn drop, or to provide building clearance, or to keep a more open canopy and allow more sun through, a no-cost permit application is available for download. View the Street Tree Work Permit Requirements to obtain a street tree work permit.
Download the City's Street Tree Planting List
.This list includes all of species of trees that are used in planting of street trees in the public right of way. Please note, this list is provided as an information source only. Prior to the planting of all street trees, the Street Tree Program takes into consideration many factors in street tree selection. Right-of-way grow space, vertical clearance [power lines], underground utilities, street lights, traffic signs and lights and species suitability to the site are all factors. Generally, the same type of tree species are selected for entire blocks. This is done primarily for uniformity of maintenance and cost effectiveness. The City Arborist makes the final determination of type of tree species planted.