The City also employs a Certified Arborist to oversee public tree-related maintenance and conduct routine tree planting and other maintenance activities. The Arborist maintains approximately 16,000 trees situated along city streets and within its many parks and facilities.

We place a high premium on our trees and their proper care, and respond to tree-related requests for services made by residents for trees maintained by the City. For concerns involving tree root problems, sidewalk and curb buckling, street light blockage, low or invasive branches over streets or sidewalks or into residential backyards, fallen or hanging branches, or removal of dead trees from City property, please call 588-3300. If the call is emergency in nature, contact the Public Safety Dispatcher at 584-2600.

Chapter 12.24.020 of the Rohnert Park Municipal Code defines a street tree, and requires that a permit be obtained from the City prior to altering such a tree within the City of Rohnert Park. Permits can be obtained at the Rohnert Park City Hall. 

Park and Street Trees

The community of Rohnert Park received its first charter in the early 1960s. Due to this relatively recent founding, there are few trees in the city over 35 years of age. Rohnert Park is appropriately named from a botanical standpoint, as it has been developed along the lines of a neighborhood concept or design. As a new section of the city was developed, it did so around a centrally located park with its associated play equipment, sports playing fields and courts, and often a swimming pool and recreation center. Today, there are nearly 200 total acres of such parklands spread throughout the City. Trees, and the many amenities that they provide, have always been featured parts of each one of these parks. Currently, there are 1,200 street trees that have been inventoried. Redwoods, sycamores, Bradford pears, shademaster and sunburst locusts, and liquidambars are the predominant species to be featured along the major streets of the City.

Following is a list of trees approved for planting in the parkstrip area between the sidewalk and the gutter:

Common Name

Botanical Name

Crape Myrtle

Lagerstroemia indica

Chinese Pistache

Pistacia chinensis

Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum

Eastern Redbud

Cercis Canadensis L.

European Hackberry

Celtis australis

Golden Rain Tree

Koereuteria paniculata Laxm.

Chinese Tallow

Sapium sebiferum

Little Leaf Linden

Tilia cordata

Maiden Hair Tree

Ginkgo biloba


Stewartia monadelphia

Lilac Melaleuca

Melaleuca decussate

Lily of The Valley Tree

Clethra arborea

Flowering Crab Apple

Malus “Prairie Rose”

Thunder Cloud Flowering Plum

Prunus cerasifera “Krauter Vesuvius”

Aristocrat Flowering Pear

Pyrus calleryana “Aristocrat”, “Autumn Blaze”, “Cambridge”, “Capital”

Pin Oak

Quercus palustris