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City of Lodi

Protected trees

The City of Lodi is a Tree City USA member. The Tree City USA® program, sponsored by The National Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters, provides direction, technical assistance, public attention, and national recognition for urban and community forestry programs in thousands of towns and cities that more than 93 million Americans call home.


The below attachment is the official City of Lodi tree list (PDF). Any other type(s) of street trees may be permitted if requested in writing, and the requested trees conform to our maintenance objectives. These objectives include selecting tree species that are:

  1. Deep-rooted and do not destroy sidewalks, sewers or water lines

  2. Not a nuisance to public safety or health by generating undesirable fruit, foliage, and/or pollen

  3. Compatible with our climate and soils

  4. Aesthetically suitable for the location and street for which they were requested

All requests must be approved in writing by a Streets Division Supervisor.


  • Minimum tree well size is 5 feet by 5 feet. (25 square feet) or 4 feet by 6 feet (24 square feet).

  • Larger tree wells are preferred such as:

    • 6 feet by 6 feet (36 square feet), 8 feet by 8 feet (64 square feet), or 10 feet by 10 feet (100 square feet).

  • The greater air to soil contact of the larger tree wells enhances tree growth and health.

  • Plant small sized trees in small tree wells or park strips. Size the tree well or park strip to the size and needs of the tree type.

  • Plant low growing trees (20 to 40 feet maximum height) under power lines.

  • 15 gallon sized plants are the minimum acceptable size for street trees.

Refer to Sunset Western Garden Book or Select a Tree for more information.


City of Lodi , City Tree Removal Process.


The city will remove a City tree at its expense when : 

1. The tree is dead

2. Tree is diseased beyond cure 

3. Tree is hazardous to the public or necessary root surgery would render it hazardous 

4. Tree conflicts with sidewalk to be installed on property owners on parcels where curb and gutter is in place

5. Tree removal is necessary for a City improvement project

6. Tree causes repeased extensive damage to utilities  or curb, gutter and sidewalk. 

Property Owners Responsiblity:

With the issue of encroachment permit by the Public Works Department, a tree within the public right-of-way may be removed under the following conditions at the property owners expense:

1. Tree bearing fruit causing a nuisance to the property owner may be removed. Trees in parkways will be repalced at the City's expense as part of its tree planting program.


2. Trees may be removed to widen existing driveway or to construct a new driveway. Trees in parkways will be replaced at City;s expense as part of its tree planting program.

3.Tree may be removed when less than 50% of the tree is within the public right of way.

4. Trees may be removed as part of an approved development when curbs and gutters do not exist.

**The City Engineer clearly notes all trees and the reason for removal on the Council Communication approving plans and specifications**

city contact information




1331 S. HAM LANE LODI, CA 95240

Phone: (209) 333-6740
Fax: (209) 333-5506


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