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The Trees of San Francisco

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"Mike Sullivan loves his adopted city of San Francisco, and he loves trees. In The Trees of San Francisco he has combined his passions, offering a striking and handy compendium of botanical information, historical tidbits, cultivation hints, and more.Sullivan's introduction details the history of trees in the city, a fairly recent phenomenon. The text then piques the reade ...more
Paperback, 159 pages
Published April 1st 2004 by Pomegranate Communications (first published March 2004)
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Oct 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This was published in 2004, and will probably come down as a classic. Who knew there were tree geeks out there? This is a beautiful and fascinating book with accurate color photos of trees that are common in San Francisco. It has guided tree tours of certain neighborhoods in the city. Tours of purple-leaf plum and black walnut trees in Ashbury Heights - how romantic and fun! If you've ever wanted to deepen your knowledge of trees and be able to recognize more species, then read this book. I stil ...more
Jason Prodoehl
What a book. You don't need to be a botanist to appreciate this book. I'm certainly not. At first, I thought I'd just glance through this book, read about a few trees I'd always wondered about. I read it cover to cover. The photos: beautiful. Showing a tree from afar, and close up of flowers or leaves. Then a very informative page about why this tree does and doesn't work in San Francisco. (good for planting under power lines, poor choice for sidewalks, quick growing, etc.). Tidbits about when t ...more
Svetlana Nelson
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great read for anyone who wants to learn a little bit about San Francisco's fantastic trees and where to find them. I especially enjoyed tree origins stories. I will use the book as a guide for some of the walks that I do with my dog.
Jessica
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I know all the trees! This book gave me a new perspective on the city and all the trees I never really noticed before. Fun read, very helpful for learning basics, and the tree walks are great!
Molly
Mar 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Bob and I went over to The Green Arcade this past weekend and I picked up this guide to some of San Francisco's most notable trees. Both Bob and Patrick, the store's owner, said they loved the book. Now I see why! It's engagingly written and beautifully laid out. It certainly plays the role of field guide, but it's really more like a photographic homage to the green-leafed beauties across our dear city. I plan to put the walking tours at the end of the book to good use.
Jesse
Apr 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
For a casual tree admirer in San Francisco, I don't know that it gets much better than this. The inclusion of great photos, San Francisco context, and actual locations you can see them, makes this a keeper.
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Jun 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is such an informative book, and includes both photos and actual locations in the city where you can go find each type of tree! Awesome for locals who enjoy walking.
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