Free Shade Tree Program

It’s more than just a shade tree.

Thank you for your interest in adding more trees to your yard and to improving our community overall. Since 1990, SMUD, in partnership with the Sacramento Tree Foundation (Sac Tree), has planted more than 600,000 shade trees in the Sacramento area. 

Benefits of shade trees

As the temperatures increase in our region, the need for sustainable urban and community forests also increases. Trees are important because they:

  • Cool our homes naturally and beautify our neighborhoods
  • Store carbon to clean the air we breathe
  • Produce oxygen to improve our health

The Sacramento Shade program has evolved to address growing environmental 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.  

The American Lung Association recently ranked Sacramento as the 6th most polluted city in the nation. As we work to deliver one of the most aggressive carbon reduction plans in the nation, we can't do it without you.

Contact information

To check on the status of your appointment or delivery of trees, call (916) 924-8733 or email Sac TreeOur Shade Tree program is currently experiencing a higher demand than normal and it may take longer than anticipated to get back to you.

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Getting started

Contact the Sacramento Tree Foundation to get your free trees.

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, get information on tree care tips and follow-up stewardship.

Schedule an appointment online.

Call the Sacramento Tree Foundation at 1-916-924-TREE(8733).