22. It’s very rare to see this California native as a street tree! The School Farm @ School of the Arts (SOTA) 555 Portola Drive (entrance on O’Shaughnessy) Click here for Map. 828 Chenery Red-flowering gum (Corymbia ficifolia), Southwest Australia (a softly colored specimen across the street), Chenery Street, Chilton to Diamond, south side, 54. We begin this tour at an exceptional specimen at 2760 Sacramento Street, then head east to Steiner Street, north past Alta Plaza Park to Washington Street, east on Washington to Fillmore Street, north on Fillmore to Pacific Avenue, east on Pacific to Webster Street, north on Webster to Broadway, east on Broadway to Buchanan Street, north on Buchanan to Vallejo Street, and east on Vallejo to Gough Street. Now you’ve determined the tree, it’s time to plant. 556 Laidley Locust (Robinia x ambigua ‘Idahoensis’), hybrid of North American species (fragrant pink flowers in early summer), 24. **Short jog left on Guerrero to see #29, then return to 24th Street. Water gum or small-leaf tristania (Tristaniopsis laurina), E Australia (SF’s most commonly planted tree; the dominant tree along both sides of Long Bridge St, from 4th to 3rd), 4th Street, Channel Street to Mission Creek, west side, 14. 2400 Bryant Aleppo pine (Pinus halepensis), Mediterranean, 28. 3. African sumac (Rhus lancea, now known in botany as Searsia lancea), S Africa (this row of trees has received some unfortunate pruning to lower the height), 20. 120 Manor European weeping birch (Betula pendula), Eurasia (not usually well-adapted to SF), 38. [ The following is an article from California Horticultural Journal, April 1968 (Vol. Grow cockspur coral tree in full sun. 3110 Castro Sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua), Eastern USA to Mexico & Central America, 6. 53 Sussex Giant yucca (Yucca gigantea), Central America, 32. ***, 32nd Avenue, north of California, west side, 8. 542 Lyon Guadalupe palm (Brahea edulis), Guadalupe Island, Mexico (perfectly adapted to San Francisco), Lyon Street, Fulton to McAllister, west side, Dwarf southern magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora ‘Little Gem’), 10. 2760 Sacramento Soapbark tree (Quillaja saponaria), Chile (2 other trees, across the street and at 2730 Sacramento; very rare in San Francisco). Silver dollar gum (Eucalyptus polyanthemos), 26. **The home at 370 Surrey belongs to Zoeanne Nordstrom, one of the three “Gum Tree Girls” who fought hard to prevent a freeway from being built through nearby Glen Canyon Park. XXVIII: 161,  Annual Award: William E. Schmidt (Reiter) Vol. 22 Beaver Canary Island date palm (Phoenix canariensis), Canary Islands (across the street), 11. 2. 639 Elizabeth Australian willow (Geijera parviflora), Eastern & southeast Australia, 4. (tree is in the side yard, above the fence), 26. 891 York Mimosa (Albizzia julibrissin), Iran (2 more trees are across the street), 47. 2710 Divisadero Chinese windmill palm (Trachycarpus fortunei), China (these two trees have been “skinned”: the fuzzy leaf bases have been pruned off to reveal the ringed trunks; note this richly planted garden, also designed by Piotr Mazurek), **Continue uphill one more block to Vallejo**. 120 Manor Victorian box (Pittosporum undulatum), Eastern Australia, Kenwood Way, Manor to Keystone, south side, 39. La Rochette featured species of Cistus, Helianthemum, Halimium, lavenders, and the multicolored Mitchell hybrid brooms. **, 1054 Guerrero Willow wattle (Acacia iteaphylla), South Australia; Puka (Meryta sinclairii), New Zealand; Forest Pansy redbud (Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’), Eastern USA, 1058 Guerrero Tree aloe (Aloidendron barberae, formerly Aloe bainesii), South and East Africa (two magnificent specimens), 22nd Street, Guerrero to Fair Oaks, north side, 44. Because they have very wide trunks, require a big sidewalk cut, and probably also because they eventually require more maintenance than other trees (as most big trees do). Click to View Product. 3342 - 22nd Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba), China (one of SF’s best specimens), ** If you have time, take a side excursion to 1054-1058 Guerrero to pay homage to some interesting trees at Flora Grubb’s previous residence, before continuing on 22nd. 464 Central Red-flowering gum (Corymbia ficifolia), Southwest Australia (3 trees, just south of Hayes; this tree loves San Francisco’s climate), Hayes Street, Central to Masonic, south side, 51. 2536 Baker New Zealand tea tree (Leptospermum scoparium), New Zealand (this species has two color forms in San Francisco - pink and deeper red; the tree is well adapted to San Francisco’s climate and soils), New Zealand tea tree (Leptospermum scoparium), 36. Median Italian stone pine (Pinus pinea), Mediterranean Basin (source of pine nuts/pignoli), Southwood Drive, Miramar to San Ramon, west side, 3. The garden’s large Campbell’s magnolia - a 1947 wedding present to Victor and his wife from an English well wisher - is a centerpiece, with beautiful pinkish-white flowers blooming every January. (Monocultures sometimes lead to diseases sweeping through a planting, seriously affecting all the trees of the same species.). Call San Jose tree experts, Arbortek Trees if you’d like to leave the planting to the professionals. 697 Douglass Tahitian lime (Citrus X latifolia), horticultural form of southeast Asian species (tree is in rear yard on 23rd; also a Mandarin orange (Citrus x tangerina; tree is to the right of the lime), 18. Divisadero Street, Union to Green, east side, 20. Most of the trees are planted in pockets in the sidewalk pavement; many, however, are planted in public parks and plazas. While some gardeners collect the biggest and brightest new plants, Mr. Reiter wanted the smallest, most subtle, oldest breeds. 2090 Vallejo Lombardy poplar (Populus nigra ‘Italica’), a variety of a Eurasian species (6 trees on Buchanan), 25. The family’s interest in plants began to grow with Reiter’s Sr.’s retirement, when he enthusiastically began growing (and hybridizing) roses in the then-small backyard at that address. The “prehistoric garden”, with a ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) in full autumn glory on the left, and monkey puzzles (Araucaria araucana) with their characteristic silhouette on the right. Click here for our Westwood Park tour. Korean dogwood (Cornus kousa), E Asia, Head south on the pedestrian extension of Merrimac St, between the Mission Bay Conference Center and the green lawn of Koret Quad (chalk markings are on the stone seat walls), 36. 1673 Hayes Red-leaf photinia (Photinia x fraseri), China (more commonly seen as a dense shrub with red new foliage along our freeways), 50. No longer would “the plant be the thing” but, hereafter, “the best suitable plant would be the thing.”. 2750 Green Deodar cedar (Cedrus deodara), Himalayas, 3. New alpines, dwarf conifers, fuchsias and other shrubs came from the British Isles; gazanias, watsonias, and succulents from the Cape; shrubs and alpines from New Zealand and Tasmania; geraniums from France; echeverias, fuchsias, hawthorns, montanoas from Mexico; Fuchsia triphylla from Santo Domingo; aeoniums, echiums, statice, from the Canaries; armerias, alpines and bulbs from Morocco; helleborus and cyclamen from Majorca; even rose seeds from the USSR. This tree walk ends at Masonic Avenue, near its beginning at 736 Masonic, just north of Hayes. 291 Sussex Primrose tree (Lagunaria patersonii), Australia & South Pacific Islands, **Another side excursion to 333 Sussex (southwest side) will bring you to a Guadalupe palm (Brahea edulis), from Guadalupe Island, Baja California, Swiss Avenue, Sussex to Surrey, west side, 43. These dwarf fruit tree selections offer a smaller, more compact form tree, without compromising it's fruit quality. Monterey cypress (Hesperocyparis macrocarpa), Carmel, CA native (several trees along the eastern and southern edges of Mission Creek Park), Channel Street, west of 4th St, north side, 16. The now Honorary President still finds in the California Horticultural Society a bridge to the younger generation and the future He sees great promise for the rising generation of institutional horticulturists, who, he hopes, will be protected from the whimsical fluctuations and demands of the marketplace by the substitution of long range government support. 1477 Grove Sydney golden wattle (Acacia longifolia), Southeastern Australia (across the street at the corner of the San Francisco Health Care & Rehab Center), 42. 1405 Plymouth Marina strawberry tree (Arbutus ‘Marina’), hybrid of Mediterranean species (first introduced in San Francisco - the interesting San Francisco story can be found here), 12B. 123 San Jose Two big-leaf maple trees (Acer macrophyllum), West Coast; SF native. 2759 Union Blackwood acacia (Acacia melanoxylon), Southeast Australia, Cross the Street at Baker and backtrack on Union’s north side. Desert willows grow to between 15 and 25 feet tall and may span 10 feet across. The nursery gained fame among plant enthusiasts over the next 25 years as the source of rare and exotic plants that Victor collected through purchases and exchanges with sources throughout the world. 700 Diamond Peruvian pepper tree (Schinus molle), Peru, Chile (the tree is on Elizabeth Street), Chinese windmill palm (Trachycarpus fortunei), 8. 239 Castro Southern magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora), Southeast USA (both sides of Castro are lined with these trees, from near Market to 14th streets, all planted in the early 70s), Northwest Corner of Castro and Henry streets, 14. 3953 - 24th Red maple (Acer rubrum), Florida to Canada to Texas, close-up of leaf: Red maple (Acer rubrum), Jog up Noe to #1082, then backtrack. The origin of this hybrid is uncertain, but it’s thought to be a hybrid of two European species, and many have speculated that the tree arrived in 1915 for the Panama–Pacific International Exposition as part of a consignment of plants from the Italian government. 709 Elizabeth Kwanzan flowering cherry (Prunus serrulata ‘Kwanzan’), East Asia, 9. There’s no other tree that puts out such a show from July to October - massive inflorescences of red, orange, pink or white flowers that cover the entire crown of the tree. 2636 Union Hollywood juniper (Juniperus chinensis ‘Torulosa’ or ‘Kaizuka’), East Asia (4 trees), 17. Eriobotrya deflexa), Southern China and Vietnam, 27. 757-763 Chenery New Zealand Christmas tree, pōhutukawa in Māori (Metrosideros excelsa), New Zealand (widely planted in SF, where it loves the climate), 56. This walk is roughly two miles long. This blog post is an attempt to address that oversight. 820 Alabama Chinese flame tree (Koelreuteria bipinnata), S China (this is the city champion for this species - the biggest one in San Francisco! 286 Fair Oaks “Wishful” water gum (Tristaniopsis laurina “Esperanza”), Eastern Australia (add a wish of your own), Brazilian pepper tree (Schinus terebinthifolius), 24th Street, Fair Oaks to Guerrero, north side, 26. 359 Wawona Sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua), E USA to Mexico & C America (good fall color, even in SF), 9. Offering varieties suited to many tastes and regions across the country, Dave Wilson Nursery has the largest selection of multiple-budded fruit trees in the U.S. 461 Yerba Buena Olive (Olea europaea), Mediterranean Basin, 21B. I: 71,  Echeveria Hybrids (Walther) Vol. With significant rains still at least another week away, we enjoyed a picture-perfect day in Pacific Heights, focusing on trees between Scott and Gough streets, and California and Vallejo streets. This is San Francisco’s most commonly planted street tree, Grove Street, Central to Lyon, north side, 5. 535 Laidley Myoporum or ngaio in Māori (Myoporum laetum), New Zealand (these trees are dying all … 847 Alabama Trident maple (Acer buergerianum), E Asia (tree is across the street), 8. 605 Lyon Japanese blueberry tree (Elaeocarpus decipiens), East Asia, McAllister Street, Lyon to Baker, north side, 11. 2600 Union Red-flowering gum (Corymbia ficifolia), Southwest Australia (tree is on Divisadero; this tree loves San Francisco’s climate; the flowers on this specimen are orange), Turn right/uphill at Divisidero. … 998 Florida Sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua), E USA to Mexico & C America (tree is across the street on 22nd), 26. So long as adequate sun is available, the container can be placed on a patio, deck, balcony or anywhere else you have space. 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