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Santa Monica Heritage Tree Program

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Santa Monica's Heritage Tree Program raises community awareness about tree diversity and informs the public about a piece of Santa Monica's rich history by officially recognizing noteworthy public trees across the city.

Qualifications

  • Significant size/age
  • Rarity in the locale
  • Connection to a historic event, building or individual
  • Unique in form or other aesthetics

Nominations

Santa Monica residents may nominate individual trees for the Heritage Tree Program beginning in January 2017. (If a resident wishes to nominate an avenue of trees, an individual representative tree from the avenue must still be selected). Nominations received between January 1st and August 31st will be reviewed for designation the following calendar year. The review period will take place between September 1st and December 31st. Any nominations received after August 31st will not be considered until the following year's review period.

Tree nominees may be in public parkways, parks or other publicly owned lands including open space.

Residents may email the nomination form, or mail to:

Public Landscape Division - Heritage Tree Program
2600 Ocean Park Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405

Process

  1. Nomination form submitted.
  2. Trees evaluated by urban forestry staff and the Heritage Tree Program Subcommittee based on, among other factors, an appraisal method created by the Council of Tree & Landscape Appraisers.
  3. All selected nominations are presented to the Urban Forest Task Force prior to formal designation as Heritage Trees. Selected park tree nominations are also presented to the Recreation & Parks Commission.
  4. Applicants will be notified of the results of the selection process once the review period is up.

Each year up to five nominations will be selected to become Heritage Trees. These trees will be given a botanical marker and added to the Heritage Tree Program website. 

Current Heritage Trees

View a map of Santa Monica's Heritage Trees.

  1. Ficus macrophylla (Moreton Bay Fig) - designated 2016
  2. Metrosideros excelsus (New Zealand Christmas tree) - designated 2016
  3. Eucalyptus cornuta (Yate)designated 2016
  4. Erythrina caffra corridor (Kaffirboom coral tree)- designated 2016
  5. Eucalyptus diversicolor (Karri) - designated 2016
  6. Ficus macrophylla (Moreton Bay Fig) - designated 2017
  7. Eucalyptus amplifolia (Cabbage Gum) - designated 2017
  8. Eucalyptus globulus (Dwarf Blue Gum) - designated 2017
  9. Calocedrus decurrens (Incense Cedar) - designated 2017
  10. Araucaria heterophylla (Norfolk Island Pine) - designated 2017

If you have an interesting historical anecdote or photo of a Heritage Tree, please share it with us! We are excited to add a human element to each of these beautiful trees to weave them into the tapestry of Santa Monica's history.

Additional Information

An excellent historical reference for Santa Monica's urban forest is Trees of Santa Monica by George T. Hastings, published in 1944 with a final revision in 1981.
Another useful reference is An Illustrated Guide to the Legendary Trees of Santa Monica Bay by Fred E. Basten, published in 1980.
Copies of both are available at the Santa Monica Public Library.

For questions please call (310) 458-8974 or email public.landscape@smgov.net

 

Heritage Tree Program Subcommittee Members
Gloria Garvin
Armando Martinez
Ellis Raskin

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Santa Monica Public Landscape Division, 2600 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405 · 310.458.8974 · public.landscape@smgov.net
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