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.  

The American Lung Association recently ranked Sacramento as the 5th 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.

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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Thank you for your interest in adding more trees to your yard and to improving our community overall. Our Shade Tree program is currently experiencing a higher demand than normal and it may take longer than anticipated to get back to you. To check on the status of your appointment or delivery of trees, call (916) 924-8733 or email  


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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.