Commemorative Trees

  1. New "Protected Trees" Ordinance is in effect July 1, 2021
    The "Protected Trees" Ordinance (13.40) replaces the prior “Street Trees” Ordinance (13.35) and “Heritage Trees” Ordinance (13.52). Learn More

Honor a loved one with a dedicated tree in their favorite City of San Mateo Park. 


Commemorative trees are available for a donation of $1,000 or more, which includes the tree,
commemorative certificate and maintenance of the tree.

Tree Selection


Tree species are chosen to ensure that each commemorative tree can thrive in its new location and will complement the design of the requested park. Factors considered by the City Arborist include species hardiness, topography, soil conditions, mature plant size, and donor input. At planting time, trees are about 6 to 8 feet tall and have a trunk diameter of about 2 inches. Studies have shown that trees of this size establish most rapidly in the landscape.


Planting


Tree planting is performed by contractors between October and March. Planting during the cooler, wetter months helps young trees get a strong start in their new environment. 

Maintenance


Commemorative trees get the same love and care as all newly planted City trees. If a commemorative tree dies within five years of planting, it will be replaced at no charge.

Recognition


Included with each tree is a commemorative certificate to share with the honoree or their loved ones. Tree locations, honorees, and donors are acknowledged below. 

Ceremonies


Parks staff will notify donors once the tree has been planted. At that time, families and donors are welcome to hold a gathering at the tree. 

Application Process


Download and complete the Commemorative Tree Application then submit via email to trees@cityofsanmateo.org.

Once your application has been approved, staff will contact you with payment options, available locations and available tree species.

For additional information, please call Matthew Fried, Managing Arborist at (650) 522-7422 or email mfried@cityofsanmateo.org.