Arbor Day


Mesa has been named a Tree City USA community by the Arbor Day Foundation since 2010 to honor its commitment to community forestry. Becoming a Tree City USA provides a community with a greater ability to improve community urban forests, encourage tree care and planting programs, enhance livable communities, and of course, benefit the environment.

It has been 144 years since J. Sterling Morton founded Arbor Day. His simple idea of setting aside a special day for tree planting is now more important than ever. The 1st official Arbor Day was created by Morton and celebrated in Nebraska in 1872. In the years following that first Arbor Day, Morton's idea spread beyond Nebraska and today all 50 states celebrate Arbor Day. Discover opportunities to celebrate Arbor Day below. Arbor 2017 is Friday April 28.

 Events & Tree Plantings
 Tree Planting

Arbor Day Proclamation (PDF): 2016


City of Mesa Sustainability Programs

Earth Day/Arbor Day Events and Information


Contact Donna DiFrancesco with any Arbor Day inquiries! 480-644-3334


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-Landscape Plants for the Arizona Desert*

-Landscape Watering By the Numbers*

-Xeriscape: Landscaping with Style in the AZ Desert*

-Plant Selection and Selecting Your Plants

-Planting Guidelines: Container Trees and Shrubs

-Pruning Deciduous Shade Trees

-How to Hire a Tree Expert

-AZ Nursery Association Plant Something video for Arbor Day!


-Arizona Community Tree Council

Arbor Day Tree Planting


City of Mesa supports safe digging when planting trees. Learn more about preventing damage to underground utilities by contacting Arizona Blue Stake.