Updated 11.1.2022

ATTENTION: To apply for the SDG&E Sustainable Tree Program, please use the "Sign Up Form" located at the top of this page. You can email sdgetreeprogram@davey.com with any questions.

2022 has been another awesome year for this program. Thank you all for being a part of this and welcoming new trees into your life. As we continue to grow, we are constantly learning and getting data; Specifically, we have started auditing trees that we gave out last year, and are finding that we have quite a good success rate! So, good job folks for adopting and caring for trees successfully.


On our wait list, we are currently working on applications from around mid-August 2021 (there were over 1,500 applicants in August 2021, and almost that many in September 2021).


Please keep in mind that trees are a limited and valuable resource. It takes years of growing and care before a tree is ready to be sold at a nursery. We want to give out healthy, quality trees, so we only select specific nurseries to source our trees from. Our demand for trees is much higher than the supply, so our program is paced to make sure tree supply is kept at a sustainable level.


For those still waiting, we do appreciate your patience. For those who wish to apply, please do! Apply once using the form, and we will get to you in order. Thank you!

Plant the right tree in the right place

You can help to prevent fires, electric shock hazards and power outages by planting the right tree in the right place - clear of electric lines. Use the following tips to plan before you plant.

Check the tree height zone

Consider how tall and wide a tree will grow so that you can plant it in the right zone

Trees that grow too close to power lines must be pruned to maintain clearances, as required by law. SDG&E aims to reduce required annual maintenance by only allowing proper sized trees to be planted as part of our program.

CURRENT TREE LISTS

You are allowed up to 10 trees per property

  • Utility Friendly Tree List

  • General Tree List

    • Native Trees

    • Regionally Friendly Trees

    • Fruit Trees


**Use the linked website at the bottom of the list, "SelecTree", to help with deciding which trees will go best on your property**

Utility Friendly Tree List

African Sumac (Rhus lancea)

30 ft. tall, 20-35 ft. wide

Growth: 24 in/year

Crape Myrtle (Lagerstoemia indica)

25 ft. tall, 25 ft. wide

Growth: 12-24 in/year

Desert Museum Palo Verde (Parkinsonia 'Desert Museum'

Cercidium microphyllum 'Desert Museum')

20 ft. tall, 20-25 ft. wide

Growth: 24-36 in/year

Gold Medallion (Cassia leptophylla)

25 ft. tall, 30 ft. wide

Growth: 36 in/year

Little Gem Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora 'Little Gem')

20 ft. tall, 10 ft. wide

Growth: 12 in/year

Newport Purple-Leaf Plum (Prunus cerasifera)

20 ft. tall, 15-20 ft. wide

"Krauter Vesuvius" Plum

25 ft. tall, 15-20 ft. wide

Growth: 36 in/year

Ornamental / Non-fruiting

Bay Laurel (Laurus nobilis)

15-40 ft. tall, 15-30 ft. wide

Growth: 12-24 in/year

Can be kept compact with annual pruning, do not plant directly beneath power lines!

Purple Orchid (Bauhinia purpurea)

15-25 ft. tall, 15 ft. wide

Growth: 12-24 in/year


General Tree List

Please refer to the "Right Tree Right Place" guide at the top of this webpage when considering planting locations for any trees taller than 20-40 ft. maximum height. Trees that have the ability to grow into contact with power lines create safety hazards for everyone involved, disrupt the life of the tree through utility-focused pruning, and can generally be avoided by choosing proper planting locations.

Native Trees

Please inquire before requesting

Limited Availability

The trees in this section are specifically native to San Diego County. These trees are well adapted to the environmental conditions of our service territory. Native trees are drought-tolerant, require less water than non-native species, and support local biodiversity.

Western Sycamore (Platanus racemosa)

80 ft. tall, 20-50 ft. wide

Growth: 36 in/year

Coast Live Oak (Quercus agrifolia)

70 ft. tall, 20-70 ft. wide

Growth: 24 in/year

Fremont Cottonwood (Populus fremontii)

80 ft. tall, 30-50 ft. wide

Growth: 36 in/year

Desert Willow (Chilopsis linearis)

30 ft. tall, 10-20 ft. wide

Growth: 24-36 in/year

Not Available

Blue Elderberry (Sambucus nigra ssp. caerulea)

20 ft. tall, 10-20 ft. wide

Growth: 36 in/year

Regionally Friendly Trees

These trees are well suited for San Diego County, and will make a great addition to most landscapes!

African Fern Pine (Podocarpus gracilior)

40-65 ft. tall, 35 ft. wide

Growth: 12-36 in/year

Aleppo Pine (Pinus halepensis)

60 ft. tall, 20-40 ft. wide

Growth: 24-36 in/year

Canary Island Pine (Pinus canariensis)

80 ft. tall, 20-35 ft. wide

Sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua)

60-80 ft. tall, 40 ft. wide

Growth: 24-36 in/year

Do not plant near sidewalks or other pavement.

Australian Willow (Geijera parviflora)

35 ft. tall, 20 ft. wide

Growth: 24-36 in/year

Fruitless Mulberry (Morus alba 'Fruitless')

30 ft. tall, 30-45 ft. wide

Growth: 26-127 in/year

"Semi Fruitless" Olive (Olea europea Wilsonii)

30 ft. tall, 25-30 ft. wide

Growth: 12-24 in/year

Deodar Cedar (Cedrus deodara)

40-70 ft. tall, 20-40 ft. wide

Growth: 24 in/year

Strawberry Tree (Arbutus 'Marina')

50 ft. tall, 40 ft. wide

Growth: 12-24 in/year

Indian Laurel Fig (Ficus microcarpa var. nitida)

35 ft. tall, 35-40 ft. wide

Growth: 24 in/year

Jacaranda (Jacaranda mimosifolia)

50 ft. tall, 15-30 ft. wide

Growth: 36 in/year

Brisbane Box (Lophostemon confertus, Tristania conferta)

50 ft. tall, 15-30 ft. wide

Growth: 24-36 in/year

Purple Leaf Eastern Redbud - Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansey'

25 ft. tall, 25 ft. wide

Growth: 36 in/year

Fruit Trees - Limit 5 per property - ** Please note ** We highly encourage the planting of the shade trees listed above as they are going to provide the most environmental benefits for generations to come. Fruit trees are great, but please consider adding other trees to your request if you have not done so yet.

Fig (Ficus carica)

30 ft. tall, 10-20 ft. wide

Growth: 36 in/year

Guava (Psidium guajava)

25 ft. tall, 20-25 ft. wide

Growth: 24 in/year

Loquat (Eriobotrya japonica)

30 ft. tall, 15-30 ft. wide

Growth: 36 in/year

Nectarine (Prunus persica)

25 ft. tall, 25 ft. wide

Growth: 36 in/year

Peach (Prunus persica)

25 ft. tall, 25 ft. wide

Growth: 36 in/year

Plum (Prunus salicina)

30 ft. tall, 15-20 ft. wide

Growth: 36 in/year

Pomegranate (Prunus granatum)

15-20ft. tall, 10 ft. wide

Growth: 36 in/year

Cherry (Prunus avium)

35 ft. tall, 25 ft. wide

Growth: 12-24 in/year


Apple (Malus domestic)

25 ft. tall, 25 ft. wide

Growth: 36 in/year

Apricot (Prunus armeniaca)

25 ft. tall, 25 ft. wide

Growth: 36 in/year


Use this SelecTree guide to help decide which trees will go best on your property. You can simply type in the name of one of the trees from our list above, and find it on the website to view the tree's characteristics!


Know what's below before you dig

Before you break ground:

  • Contact DigAlert at 811 or digalert.org at least two working days in advance. DigAlert will arrange to locate and mark underground utility-owned lines – free – so you can avoid dangerous and costly damage.

  • Have a qualified professional locate gas lines that belong to you