Meet Your Local Street Trees

Scroll down to learn more about street trees in Oakland’s Lakeside Apartments District. Explore the map below, and contribute knowledge to the project.

Explore Lakeside Trees

Zoom in on the map to learn more about your arboreal neighbors. Click on individual tree icons for more information. The project currently covers the Lakeside Apartments District in downtown Oakland, and the information, including photos, was collected in the fall of 2020. Here’s what’s good to know:

A green icon represents a living tree.

A dark green icon represents a tree that’s been planted since 2006.

An orange icon marks a spot that used to have a tree, or a tree lost since 2006.

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