Trees are a source of beauty, shade, water conservation, and other environmental benefits, providing homes to wildlife and enhancing property values. Escondido has an Urban Forest of over 65,000 trees valued at over 200 million dollars that are recognized as one of the City's greatest natural resources.
Our community trees are cataloged in an ongoing database that records their location, species, health, height, and diameter. Our inventory shows a wide variety of trees that includes both native and non-native species, bringing our city character. Sites are also identified for future planting possibilities.
We encourage our Urban Forest to thrive as in-house crews perform inspections, do trimming and pruning, and respond to emergency services. We use contractors for a wide variety of services, including the removal of larger trees that requires the use of a crane.
As trees flourish, they spread out and get comfortable. Maintaining sidewalks, streets, medians, and right-of-ways in close proximity to them proves to be very challenging. If a tree becomes overly invasive it may require removal, which can be a long process. Choosing which variety of tree and where to place it is, therefore, an important decision.
When choosing the appropriate tree for a particular location, it helps to consider things like hardscape distances, climate conditions, soil type, organic matter, underground utilities, overhead power lines, and what kind of future tree maintenance will be required.
To read more about planting a tree in San Diego, click here.
Keeping Escondido’s trees healthy starts in your own backyard. Keep all trees on your property trimmed back for fire safety and rake tree litter regularly, disposing in your greens bins for collection. Check out the links on this page to learn more and become a part of Escondido’s Urban Forest.
The Tree Canopy & Requesting a Free Tree

The City of Escondido’s tree canopy, the part of a City that is shaded by trees, plays an essential part in the City’s infrastructure and beauty. Trees clean the air, reduce rain water runoff and erosion, and have many other benefits.

In comparison to other cities in our region, Escondido has the highest number of trees per square mile. In order to maintain and grow our Urban Forest, the City and SDG&E offer residents the opportunity to request a free tree. To learn more about the Adopt-A-Tree program and our City’s tree canopy, click here.

Useful Links

Arbor Day Foundation

California Relief

California Urban Forests Council

California Department of Pesticide Regulation

California Landscape Contractors Association

California Oak Foundation


Street Tree Seminar of Southern California

Dig Alert/Dial 811 or 1-800-227-2600
Dial before you dig, protect underground utilities.

International Society of Arboriculture

Tree Safety around power lines
Residential: 1800-411-7343
Business: 1-800-336-7343

Society of Municipal Arborists

Tree Care Industry Association

Western Chapter Intl Society Arborists