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Do you want street trees planted in front of your house or building?  Do you have grass or dirt in the parkway, the space between the sidewalk and the curb? Will you commit to watering the trees until established, approximately 3 years? If so, we will come to your property and plant free street trees for you. 

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All sites will be surveyed in advance to ensure eligibility. At the time of inspection, the inspector will assist you in selecting a tree species that is appropriate for the planting space. The City of Escondido Municipal Code as well as the ISA Guidelines on tree care are followed to ensure that newly planted trees do not conflict with existing trees or nearby infrastructure like street lights, water meters, and power poles. Trees will only be planted in city right of ways in residential areas. If space permits, up to three trees may be planted, any more than that will require supervisor approval. If you fall outside of these guidelines but still would like a tree please contact SDG&E to inquire about their Tree Rebate Program

*Please note that this program does not plant palm trees

Top Six Tree Selections

Little Gem Magnolia

A dwarf southern magnolia with smaller dark green foliage and a very compact narrow form. The large, glossy, evergreen leaves have rusty-brown undersides. Very attractive, large, white, fragrant blooms. A naturally small tree or large shrub perfect for small gardens. Evergreen.

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Hong Kong Orchid

Considered the most beautiful tree available, with exceptionally long-blooming, flamboyant, deep rose-red, orchid-shaped flowers that have a touch of white. The sterile flowers produce no seedpods. Develops as a tree with a rounded crown in warmer winter regions, more shrub-like in cooler winter regions. Partly deciduous.

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Golden Rain Tree

Excellent shade tree, known for its neat habit and well-behaved root system. Medium-sized, open-branched form is ideal for parkways and patios. Blue-green foliage has nice fall color. Long panicles of fragrant flowers are followed by attractive, papery, lantern-like seed pods. A very effective and versatile landscape specimen. Deciduous.

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Eastern Redbud

Beautiful landscape tree valued for its brilliant scarlet-purple color to new foliage, maturing to maroon. Rosy-pink flowers on bare branches bridge the gap between winter and spring! Deciduous.

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Crape Myrtle

An attractive ornamental tree with smooth, peeling bark. Showy, ruffled, summer flowers are followed by vibrant orange-red fall foliage. An excellent choice as a specimen plant, or en masse for an explosion of color in the landscape and year-round interest. Deciduous.

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Bronze Loquat

Large corrugated leaves are good for tropical effects. White, fragrant flowers are followed by 1 1/2 inch edible fruits with texture similar to that of a pear. Use as a specimen, prune to a canopy with age. Suited to containers in colder climates. Evergreen.

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Approved Street Tree List

All Trees on this list are subject to approval by the City of Escondido and availability at local nurseries

Small to medium (20-40ft) trees that are recommended for planting along parkways, in medians, or near hardscape