Free Shade Tree Program

It’s more than just a shade tree.

Since 1990, SMUD, in partnership with the Sacramento Tree Foundation (Sac Tree), has planted more than 600,000 shade trees in the Sacramento area. 
As the temperatures increase in our region, the need for sustainable urban and community forests also increases.  The Sacramento Shade program has evolved to address these new concerns by expanding both the number and types of trees offered; up to 10 free trees per customer and over 30 varieties to choose from.  Trees not only cool our homes naturally and beautify our neighborhoods, but they provide additional benefits such as producing oxygen to clean the air we breathe and storing carbon.  

You can set up an appointment with a Community Forester to visit your home. They'll assess your property, review your tree options and determine the best locations to plant your trees. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and get information on planting, care and follow-up stewardship.


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Getting started

Contact the Sacramento Tree Foundation to get your free trees.

Schedule an appointment online to have a Community Forester visit your home and walk you through the tree selection process.

Call the Sacramento Tree Foundation at 1-916-924-TREE(8733) to set an appointment with a Community Forester.