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Holiday trees will grow in SF streets

view from lombard street, san franciscoIf you’d like to have a truly sustainable holiday tree this year, Friends of the Urban Forest and SF Environment are offering San Francisco residents a chance to order a living, potted Christmas tree for $75. The trees will be planted along the streets of San Francisco after the holiday.

The trees are 6′ to 8′ tall, healthy, and are all varieties that have been selected to thrive in San Francisco. One drawback – they aren’t going to look anything like a traditional Christmas tree. This is because the typical varieties of trees used for holiday décor (fir, spruce, etc.) won’t thrive in San Francisco once they reach their full grown size. There may be little to no room for ornaments. You also can’t tie it to the top of the car.

Some facts from the group about trees and planting:

  • Living Christmas trees need to be planted after the holiday season is over, but most city dwellers don’t have enough space to accommodate traditional potted conifer trees when they’re fully-grown. Our non-traditional Green Christmas Trees are great trees for our city.
  • Urban trees reduce water pollution by capturing street runoff from storms and save on energy costs by acting as shade from the sun and as a shield from the wind.
  • Trees positively affect the mental well-being of urban dwellers, making us better able to handle stress.
  • Street trees help clean the air and can reduce incidences of childhood asthma.
  • San Francisco streets have about 110,000 trees but the 2003 Street Tree Analysis estimates that the City can accommodate roughly twice as many street trees.

To get more information about the program, visit: http://www.sfenvironment.org/greenchristmas/

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