Urban Forestry

Celebrating Arbor Day 2020 in Temple City!


The Urban Forestry Division chose to plant this tree (Aptos Blue) at Live Oak Park as part of National Arbor Day 2020. With blue-green tint needles, it will be an iconic tree to enjoy for generations of Temple City residents.

Sequoia sempervirens 'Aptos Blue'
  • Native to California.
  • Has Evergreen foliage
  • Maximum height: 70 - 100 feet
  • Growth rate: 36 or More Inches per year
  • Longevity: greater than 150 years.

Temple City Urban Forestry By the Numbers

  • Temple City has approximately 6,000 city-owned trees
  • More than 150 different species of trees
  • Most common tree species is London Plane, with 562 trees city-wide
  • Tallest tree is over 100 ft. tall
  • Oldest tree is approximately 120 years old.
  • The estimated value of all city-owned trees is approximately $21 million
  • In 2019, 116 new trees were planted throughout Temple City
  • Recognized as a “Tree City USA” for 17 straight years
  • City is planting its first Aptos Blue Redwood to celebrate Arbor Day in 2020

Poster Contest Winners
Arbor Day Poster Contest Winners
Congratulations to the two winners of the 2020 Arbor Day poster contest for Temple City. The two winning entries were provided by Nghi Ho (age 16) and Mia Tsu (age 5). 

Tree Planting Resources

Recognizing that trees represent a vital public resource in beautifying neighborhoods and encouraging community pride, the City maintains a strong Urban Forestry Program that oversees the maintenance and care of over 6,000 City-owned street trees within the public right-of-way and on City property. In addition to tree planting, trimming and removal, the program also reinforces public education on the benefits and importance of sustaining a healthy urban forest. 
Tree Service Request
Tree Removal Appeal Application

Tree City USA


Over the past 17 years, the City has been recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation and USDA Forest Service as a “Tree City USA.” The recognition is bestowed on communities that have enacted a tree care ordinance and comprehensive urban forestry program. Each year, the City also holds an annual Arbor Day Celebration for youth to promote tree education through plantings and other interactive activities.

Arbor Day Foundation

Equipment & Tools