Tree Program - Tree City USA

The City of Santa Ana was first recognized as a Tree City USA in 1999.  The Tree City USA is an annual, renewable designation that means the city has:

  • Established a Tree Board—The Environmental Transportation Advisory Committee, made up of council appointees who provide oversight on tree planting programs.
  • Established a Tree Care Ordinance—In 1999, the City adopted its Tree Care Ordinance which provides guidelines for maintaining a healthy urban forest.
  • Celebrated Arbor Day annually.
  • Established a Community Forestry Program with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita.

The tree program is crucial to the look, feel, and health of our community. The City spends $2.6 million per year on its tree programs.  This includes purchasing, planting, and maintaining all City-owned trees. Employees in the tree section keep our urban forest of 60,000 trees healthy and attractive. Tree planting is typically scheduled in the fall months to provide trees with the optimal weather for successful growth. If you have any questions or need assistance with City trees, please contact the Maintenance Services Division, (714) 647-3306.

The City has defined a Designated Species List for future plantings of City-owned trees, which includes the following:


African Sumac Jacaranda
Australian Willow  Lavender Bloom
Bottle Tree Magnolia Samuel Summers
Brisbane Box Modesto Ash
Camphor New Zealand Christmas Tree
Canary Island Pine Peppermint Tree
Chinese Elm Queen Palm
Coast Live Oak Sycamore Alamo
Crape Myrtle Sycamore California
Gold Medallion Sycamore London Plane
Holly Oak Tulip Tree
Honey Locust  


View pictures of the Designated Tree Species