living xmas tree

 In your home today, in our community tomorrow!




Every year in the U.S., 33 million holiday trees are grown, chopped down, and sold. It takes an average of 7 years to grow a tree, which ultimately ends up on the curb. 9.5 million plastic-artificial trees are sold each year, 80% of which are imported from China. Because of this, many people are bucking this wasteful practice by choosing to bring holiday cheer into their home with living, potted trees. Not only are living trees more eco-friendly, but, unlike artificial trees, they are grown in the U.S. and support the local economy! As a green alternative to artificial and cut trees, OCF will provide living trees this holiday season! You can rent a live tree for the month of December and feel great that your tree will one day be planted in a local school or park. Many types of living trees living xmas tree2will be available including the "non-traditional" options like Olives (the tree of peace). More traditional options include conifers such as Redwoods, Western Red Ceders, and Itialian Stone Pines. Delivery and pick up services will also be available!


By getting a live tree from OCF this year, you will be: Supporting a healthy urban forest Adding holiday cheer to your home with a living xmas tree vs. a dead/artificial one Helping to reduce waste by choosing a sustainable option Some additional benefits of choosing a live tree for the holidays this year include: Clean air in your home Less of a fire hazard Less mess If you take advantage of our delivery and pick up services, living trees are very convenient! In the coming months, living trees will be available to order online. Photos and descriptions of all trees will also be posted.

Please fill out our form in the next tab to order, donate, or have any questions. Please contact Ben Heistein at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any specific questions about the program.


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Western Red Cedar 8'

Thuja plicata 'Emerald Cone'





Western Red Cedar 6'-7'

Thuja plicata 'Emerald Cone'



Redwood 'Aptos Blue' 6'

Sequoia sempervirens 




Monterey Cypress 6' 

Cupressus macrocarpa 




Kusamaki 6'- 7'

Podocarpus macrophyllus



Strawberry Madrone 6'- 7'

Arbutus 'Marina'




Fruitless Olive Bush 3'- 4' 

Tree of Peace



Deodar Cedar 3'- 4'

Cedrus deodara 



Carolina Cherry 3'- 4'

Prunus caroliniana   



Italian Stone Pine (Tabletop 18")

Pinus pinea






Bottle Tree 6'

Brachychiton populenus






How do I get a tree?

There are 3 ways to order your Holiday Tree:
1. Order online at:
2. Order in-person at our nursery
3. Email orders to
Trees are available on a first-come first-serve basis. When we run out, we are out - Order now!
The last day to order for delivery is Tuesday, December 9th.
How long you will have your tree?
Generally from 27 to 30 days depending on when you get the tree.  Upon pickup, you will be given a 3 day window when you can return your tree.  If you are getting your tree delivered, you will be given a 3 day window when your tree will be picked up. 

How much do trees cost?
8' Tree - $95 (+ $30 for Delivery/pickup)
6' Tree - $65 (+ $20 for Delivery/pickup)
3' Tree - $40 (+ $15 for Delivery/pickup)
18" Tabletop - $25 (+ $10 for Delivery/pickup)

Is the price a rental price or price to purchase the tree?
The price is to rent the tree for app. 30 days. 

Can I rent it for longer than 30 days?
No. Trees should not be kept inside for longer than 30 days to keep them healthy. You can, however, swap out your tree for another one if available, and start a new rental cycle. Please contact us for more details.

I want to keep the tree and plant it. Can I buy it?
Yes, but...we at Our City Forest want the tree to receive good care to ensure its long-term survival. Please read and sign the Tree Grant Application and read the planting & care guidelines. Send in the signed stewardship agreement and a check for $25 to $100/tree as follows in addition to the rental fee:

8' trees: $100
6' trees: $75
3' trees: $50
Tabletop Trees: $25

What types of trees are available?
We have 11 types of trees available ranging from 18in. to 8ft. 
PLEASE NOTE: Height is measured from the bottom of the container to the top of the tree.

8' Western Red Cedar
6' Western Red Cedar
6' Redwood 'Aptos Blue'
6' Monterey Cypress
6' Fern Pine
6' Strawberry Madrone
6' Bottle Tree
3-4' Deodar Cedar
3-4' Fruitless Olive Bush "Tree Of Peace"
3-4' Carolina Cherry
18" (Tabletop) Italian Stone Pine

How many trees are available?
We will start the season with over 200 trees. 
I want a tree with a strong "Christmasy" smell, which one should I get?
The Monterey Cypress have the strongest fragrance.  The Western Red Cedars and Redwoods have a slight aroma.

When can I pickup a tree?
You can pick up your tree at our nursery starting Thursday, December 4th.
Anything I should know about decorating?
Yes! Thanks for asking. Please use only LED lights since they don't emit heat like traditional lights which can burn the foliage.  Also "flocking" and tinsel are not allowed on rented trees. Light weight ornaments are the best.

How often should I water my tree?
It varies, but they will need water about every other day. We will provide care guidelines with each tree for specifics. Trees are rented with a plastic saucer to protect your floor.  
What if I forget to water my tree and it dies, or gets damaged?
We are counting on you to take good care of our trees during the rental period.  The trees must come back in good condition.  If it is determined that the tree was neglected, dies, or we are unable to retrieve the tree at the end of the rental period then you may be charged the full retail price of the tree as follows:

8' trees: $100
6' trees: $75
3' trees: $50
Tabletop Trees: $25


Why go through the hassle of renting trees, why not just let people buy it and do what they want with it?
Our mission at Our City Forest is to improve the urban forest and one of our key strategies is ensuring long-term survival of all the trees that go through our programs.  We have found that educating residents on proper planting and care practices through the stewardship process results in an over 90% success rate.  Unfortunately, many potted trees end up being planted improperly or in the wrong spot - ultimately resulting in removal years later. Also, most species typically offered as potted trees during the holidays do not perform well in our area, which brings us to the next question...

Why don't you carry Fir and Spruce Trees?
Simply because these are trees native to the Pacific Northwest that are not well-suited to our local climate.  Since all of our trees will be planted locally, we want to make sure we use the right species.  Spruces and Firs do well when young but do not live as long as they should here because they eventually succumb to pests and disease. Our climate is too dry in the summer and not cold enough in the winter.

Can I rent the same tree next year?
In many cases, yes.  The tree will grow bigger each year, but we will make every effort to reserve it for you and your family for as long as possible.  The great thing about this is that a family can literally "grow up" with the same tree, for several years.  When it needs to be planted (assuming you don't want to plant it yourself) we will let you know where it ends up so you can visit it forever!

Where will my tree end up, when it becomes too big to rent?
We take great pride in ensuring the trees live out their "holiday retirement" in a good home.  Many of the trees will end up in local schools and parks.  Others will be planted in neighborhoods,  in someones yard or park-strip.

Do you rent trees to businesses or government agencies?
Yes.  Please contact Ben Heistein at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for more information.

Self-Pickup and Returns:
Trees can be picked up at our nursery starting Thursday December 4th until Sunday December 14th.
Trees can be returned to our nursery starting Friday January 2nd until Saturday January 10th.

Delivery and Pickup service:
If you selected this service, your tree will be delivered the first or second weekend of December and picked up the first or second weekend of January. 

How do I get my tree picked up after 30 days?
Good news! If you select delivery services, we will automatically schedule a pickup date and come and get it.  Please remove ornaments and place your tree on your porch prior to your pickup date. Because of our pick-up schedule we can not go inside of the home to retrieve the tree.
I live in an upstairs apartment, will you move my tree upstairs?
Unfortunately we cannot move trees up or down flights of stairs, unless it is a tabletop tree.

Where do you deliver to?
We currently offer delivery within 10 miles of our nursery in the South Bay Area.  Please check out our delivery map.

We deliver within 10 miles of the Our City Forest Nursery



 Can you move the tree inside my home?
Yes, as long as it is a single-level home with no flights of stairs, we can do this if someone is home to direct us.  However, for pick-up we require that all trees be placed outside.





Contact Us

(408) 998-7337
1590 Las Plumas Ave
San Jose, CA 95133
Nursery: 1000 Spring St.