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The Trees of San Francisco
"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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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
Jan 10, 2019 Jason Prodoehl rated it it was amazing
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
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.