We just received this beautiful thank you from one of the schools where we planted trees last spring under our "Shade For Ojai's Children" program. Each leaf is a child's thumbprint. We love it!

Ojai Trees was responsible for nine new Fruitless Mulberry trees on the campus of Holy Cross preschool. To date, Ojai Trees has planted 39 trees at 5 schools. This Fall we have three additional schools in the planning phase for planting trees. This program was made possible by a grant from the Ojai Woman's Fund and our volunteers!

Go Ojai! Please consider planting trees the right way, in the right place for the planet!

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Here are some very interesting  books about trees for your late summer reading.

The Overstory  by Richard Powers  is a sweeping novel about nine Americans whose unique life experiences with trees bring them together to address the destruction of forests and urban trees. It won a 2019 Pulitzer Prize for fiction and is one of the most interesting novels about trees you may ever read. From the American Chestnuts to the Giant Sequoias, the beautifully multi-layered novel shows how deeply humans are affected by trees. The wisdom and utility of trees underpins much of the novel.  According to Washington Post Critic Ron Charles, "This ambitious novel soars up through the canopy of American literature and remakes the landscape of environmental fiction."

Two non-fiction sources used for the novel include Peter Wohlleben’s The Hidden Life of Trees, and The Golden Spruce by John Vaillant. Both books are excellent reads as well.

Wohlleben’s book  presents previously unknow science about how trees communicate and share nutrients with those who are sick or struggling, creating an ecosystem that mitigates the impact of extremes of heat and cold within the whole groups of trees. As a result of such interactions, Wohlleben explains that forestry must take a different approach.

Vaillant’s book recounts the controversial true story of the felling of a sacred tree known as the Golden Spruce in Canada and the environmental impact of logging.

Happy reading.

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The gift of a tree is a gift that keeps on giving If you’d like a tree for shade in your yard, or want to gift a tree,Ojai Trees can help. Ojai Trees can help you select the right tree for the right place, help plant it, and teach you how to care for it properly.Give a new tree the best possible start at a long and healthy life. We are a nonprofit tree planting group that has been planting trees in Ojai for over 10 years.

Why do we do it, even with the drought? We do it because trees make our community healthier, more beautiful, and actually help to capture our blessed rain with their canopies and roots increasing groundwater recharge. One well-placed, full-grown tree will cool your yard up to 20 degrees. Trees can also stabilize hillsides and provide wind breaks that can slow evaporation. By planting the right trees we add to our neighborhood tree canopy making walking and biking a more pleasant experience for us all. It can even increase our property values by making our town more livable.

Our planting events, normally held four times a year during fall and spring, are also a great opportunity to meet your neighbors and take some positive action toward healing the environment in your own backyard, ensuring the future health of our community tree canopy. Hey, tree planting events are fun and energizing. 

If you would like to inquire about having a tree or trees planted the deadline to order is Go to our request a tree page on our website.  Or, if you would like to help make Ojai a little greener by joining a planting team, the volunteers at Ojai Trees welcome you. Just contact us by e-mail at

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