So it’s not exactly the same thing as a proper Christmas tree, it’s much cooler.
San Francisco Department of the Environment and non-profit Friends of the Urban Forest have partnered to create a “Dreaming of a Green Christmas” program where, instead of a traditional (cut) pine tree, you get a young potted tree. After Christmas is over, your tree gets planted on a San Francisco street!
Discarded Christmas trees on the streets is a sad sight. I personally love this alternative.
San Francisco has only about 12% canopy cover — deplorable! — and we have room on our streets for an additional 100,000 street trees. By participating in the “Dreaming of a Green Christmas” program, you can help the effort to truly green this city (which is so ahead of the curve in other respects).
There are four species of tree available: southern magnolia, small leaf tristania,strawberry tree, and New Zealand Christmas tree. To order, register here and claim your tree at the FUF offices (1007 General Kennedy Avenue) from December 5th through December 20th.