(CBS San Francisco) — TPC Harding Park has enjoyed a long and interesting life on the banks of Lake Merced in southwest San Francisco. 34. This week’s tour is just east of Lincoln Park in the Richmond District and neighboring Seacliff, a neighborhood of beautiful homes and richly planted front gardens. ), Eastern Australia, 40. 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. 1500 Hayes Round-leaf sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua ‘Rotundiloba’), Eastern USA to Mexico & C America (a selection with rounded leaf lobes, quite distinct from the other sweetgums; most of the young trees in this block are this selection), 47. Victor Reiter, Jr. continues to garden in a more restricted way but the acquisitive zeal of the plant lover and the hybridizer’s enthusiasm survives. The red flowering gum (Corymbia ficifolia) is, in my opinion, San Francisco’s iconic tree. Callery pear (Pyrus calleryana), China and Vietnam (this tree, and others in the neighborhood, are showing signs of fireblight, a disease that causes leaves to turn brown and entire branches to die; unfortunately, this is one of the dominant trees in the neighborhood), Mission Bay Blvd North, Merrimac St to 4th S, north side, Fan palms ((Washingtonia x filibusta), hybrid of CA native and Baja species, 23. 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. 100 Northgate Pindo palm (Butia odorata), Southern Brazil & Uruguay (SF’s champion specimen), Darien Way, west of Northgate, north side, then south side, 30. [NOTE: our newest tour of the NOPA neighborhood is below. 2351 Pacific Mayten (Maytenus boaria), Chile, 19. 889 York Mediterranean fan palm (Chamaerops humilis), Mediterranean Basin, 48. At Eric’s suggestion, Victor visited the then very old “Charlie.” In the decaying, neglected old nursery on Lombard Street lurked many hidden beauties. We strongly recommend using google maps to help in navigating the area. ), Eastern North America (near the southwest corner of the park), Turn right on Sacramento. You can follow Mike (@sftreeguy) and Jason (@loulufan) on Instagram. 190 Henry Marina strawberry tree (Arbutus ‘Marina’), hybrid of Mediterranean species (3 trees here, but many can be found throughout the neighborhood; the tree was first introduced in San Francisco - the interesting San Francisco story can be found here), 17. At the ground level is a cylindrical bedroom 12-inches in diameter and 12-inches high; and two curved scratching boards. 1401 Plymouth Cork oak (Quercus suber), Spain & Portugal (the bark of this tree provides the cork used in wine bottles), 12. This tree is undeservedly rare in SF - look at the yellow blooms (photo adjacent) - we need more of these! In the case of Eric Walther and the Strybing Arboretum, plants were not only given to the Park but they were supplied for exchanges between Strybing and other institutions. 25. Chinese pistache (Pistacia chinensis), W & C China (the female plants are bearing large panicles of fruits, and the foliage is taking on its autumn colors), 33. Victor continued the fuchsia work after his father’s passing, making annual offerings of new introductions which were critically praised or criticized by an enthusiastic fuchsia public. 156 Henry Red-flowering gum (Corymbia ficifolia), Southwest Australia, 20. For this tour, we start out at The Animal Company, in its new headquarters at 24th and Castro streets, and remain north of 24th Street, between Douglass and Vicksburg streets. 69 Noe Bougainvillea (Bougainvillea ‘Rosenka’), Brazil (normally a vigorous vine, this specimen has been carefully staked and pruned into a small tree), 30. Victor Reiter, Jr. - photo credit George Waters. 9. I’ll admit that I use the standard that Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart famously used to identify hard-core pornography in a 1964 case: he said “I know it when I see it”. Hundreds of rare plants once thrived here; many survive his years of collecting. It is administered by the San Francisco Recreation & Parks Department, which began in 1871 to oversee the development of Golden Gate Park. The tree blooms in late winter or early spring, and the large, freestone fruit ripens around June. Arguably the best known tree in San Francisco, the massive Monterey cypress tree (Hesperocyparis macrocarpa) stands in front of McLaren Lodge, the headquarters of the City’s Recreation and Park Department. Later in winter, California natives will pop, along with those from Chile and the Mediterranean. 3618 - 24th Brazilian pepper tree (Schinus terebinthifolius), Brazil. White arrows on the pavement provide directions whenever a turn is needed. 2760 Vallejo Carob (Ceratonia siliqua), Eastern Mediterranean Basin (seed pods can be used to make a chocolate substitute—though not recommended for true chocolate lovers), 27. 12. 13. Our trio of tree geeks responsible for this tour is the same: Jason Dewees (author of Designing with Palms), Richard Turner (retired editor of Pacific Horticulture), and I’m Mike Sullivan, author of Trees of San Francisco. (CBS San Francisco) — TPC Harding Park has enjoyed a long and interesting life on the banks of Lake Merced in southwest San Francisco. Turn left on Noe; Noe Street, 15th to Beaver, east side, 43. 1082 Noe Southern magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora), southeast USA (this specimen was planted on April 22, 2000, in celebration of Earth Day), 59. 2859 - 22nd Washington thorn (Crataegus phaenopyrum) Eastern USA, 20. Lombardy poplar (Populus nigra ‘Italica’), a variety of Eurasian species (at the corner of B Street and the pedestrian walkway; clearly predates the development of Mission Bay—perhaps the oldest tree in the neighborhood), 47. It’s a giant Moreton Bay Fig (Ficus macrophylla). 111 Noe Brisbane box (Lophostemon confertus), Eastern Australia (trees are on Noe and 14th at this address, as well as across the street at 892 - 14th; note the varying characters of the bark on these trees), 28. 447 Miramar Himalayan white birch (Betula utilis var. 54. These street trees make San Francisco an even more magical place than it already is Sunset – March 16, 2016 | Updated November 6, 2019 Street trees add beauty to the block, increase property values, reduce storm-water runoff, and clean the air. Samuel P. Taylor State Park. (The 1930 census shows that the Reiters’ next door neighbors at 1199 Stanyan were Henrietta Sutro, Adolph’s daughter-in-law and her son Adolph Sutro.) James West had discovered succulents at Abraham’s nursery, where he probably also discovered Eric. ), 19. At the park, you can stroll through old-growth redwoods along Lagunitas Creek and take in one of the best views in Marin at the top of Barnabe Peak. Items such as the first of the Magnolia campbelli clones came from there. 828 Alabama California lilac (Ceanothus ‘Ray Hartman’), CA native (not even remotely related of lilacs, but a magnificent specimen), 7. 240 Manor English holly (Ilex aquifolium), Western Europe & North Africa, 33B. Reiter’s father, Victor Reiter Sr., was the manager of the Hotel Oakland in Oakland and, later, of the Palace Hotel in San Francisco (he was manager at the Palace in 1923, the year President Harding died while staying at the hotel). 240 Noe Evergreen pear (Pyrus kawakamii), Taiwan (several trees are on both Noe and Beaver). Elegant homes perch along tree-lined streets affording magnificent views north to the Bay. 3. Reiter Sr. moved the family to 1195 Stanyan Street in 1926. There's no better metaphor for the conflict between Progress and Nature than the Drive-Thru Tree. White arrows on the pavement provide directions whenever a turn is needed. School grounds Torrey pine (Pinus torreyana), California native: La Jolla, San Diego and Santa Rosa Island (its very limited natural distribution makes it the rarest pine in the world; this one, on the corner of the school grounds, is the largest in San Francisco, a City Champion! 350 Wawona Giant bird-of-paradise (Strelitzia nicolai), S Africa, 15. This walking tour was organized by Mike Sullivan, author of The Trees of San Francisco (if you like this tour, there are 12 more neighborhood tree tours in Mike’s book), Jason Dewees, horticulturist at Flora Grubb Gardens and author of Designing with Palms; and Richard Turner, retired editor of Pacific Horticulture magazine and editor of Trees of Golden Gate Park. 810 York Bronze loquat (Raphiolepis deflexa, syn. 218 Wawona Apple tree (Malus domestica), apples have been cultivated since ancient times, but the species is native to Kazakhstan, Vicente Street, Wawona to 14th, south side, 27. 3101 - 20th River wattle (Acacia cognata), SE Australia, 3. The late Victor Reiter of Cole Valley had a hand in the introduction of the tree to the nursery trade in the 1980s - that interesting San Francisco story can be found here. 3068 Castro Red alder (Alnus rubra), CA to Alaska; a rare SF native! 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. 2699 Laguna Marina strawberry tree (Arbutus ‘Marina’), hybrid of Mediterranean species (a fine specimen is across the street, but many can be found throughout the neighborhood; first introduced in San Francisco - the interesting San Francisco story can be found here), 27. 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