All trees provide benefits, such as stormwater retention and erosion control, wildlife habitat, and reduced energy consumption. A public / street tree is a community-owned tree that grows on City property. Often, they are located adjacent to your home in a planter strip or median between the sidewalk and the street. When planter strips are not present, they may be planted near the street pavement or behind a sidewalk. Though the City does not encourage removal of public / street trees, sometimes it is necessary.