​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Learn About Phoenix's Urban Forest​

​Phoenix city parks and street landscapes are home to a veritable forest in the city that adds millions of dollars worth of benefits to quality of life by improving air quality, storm water management, energy savings, shade and aesthetics.

Phoenix's Urban Forestry Expert

Richard Adkins
Forestry Supervisor

The city maintains an inventory of the more than 90,000 trees, palms and tall cactuses in its parks and along its streets. Citizens can use this interactive tree inventory website to view the location and type of each tree within city limits. The website captures the full economic value of our vast public urban forest.​

The Benefit Outweighs the Cost!Urban Tree Planting: Benefits outway costs to Phoenix

Arizona State University and the forestry team have worked together to ​​illustrate the importance of Urban Tree Planting and to share their findings that both the financial, environmental, and social benefits of planting the right trees in the urban environment will greatly outweigh the cost of the tree planting and maintenance.

​What's the most common tree type in city parks and along city streets?

The Mesquite, Prosopis velutina accounts for 8.8 percent of the trees in those areas. Blue Palo Verde, Parkinsonia florida ranks second at 6.8 percent. Below is a listing of other common trees found in the Phoenix area:

​Featured Urban Forest:

Encanto Park

Phoenix's famed Encanto Park has one of the largest concentrations of trees in the city's park system. The park's 1,760 combined trees and palms have an appraised replacement value of more than $6 million and provide $76,000 annually in benefits such as improved air quality, storm water management, energy savings, shade and aesthetics​.

Mesquite TreeMesquite, Prosopis velutina is the most common tree found in Phoenix area parks. 


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​​Tree Care Provider References:

​The city suggests the following industry resources to help locate local individuals and companies to provide tree care service. While the city cannot recommend or endorse any of the providers listed in these resources, we do advise you to obtain two or more written estimates for the work, and to insure the provider is certified, licensed and insured prior to contracting for work to be performed.

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