Fruit Trees can be planted in your garden, backyard, or in a container for your patio or indoor spaces. Gene Friend Way, 4th St to Owens St, north side, 31. I’ve tried to gather in one place some details of the life of one of the most important horticulturalists in California from the 1930s through the 1980s. 22. Along with a vegetable garden, enjoy easily cared for dwarf fruit trees that are perfect for city living. The walk continues uphill, heads west on Elizabeth Street to Douglass Street, then north on Douglass to 23rd Street, and east on 23rd all the way to Vicksburg Street. 3068 Castro           Red alder (Alnus rubra), CA to Alaska; a rare SF native! 22 Beaver  Canary Island date palm (Phoenix canariensis), Canary Islands (across the street), 11. 535 Laidley             Myoporum or ngaio in Māori (Myoporum laetum), New Zealand (these trees are dying all over San Francisco, due to an insect pest called thrips). At the corner of 16th and 4th is a lonely coast redwood, unhappy being planted in this concrete desert. Across the street from 349 - 31st Avenue Lilly pilly (Syzygium smithii, formerly Acmena smithii), E Australia. 101 San Ramon       Edible fig tree (Ficus carica), Mediterranean Basin & Middle East (this young specimen has deeply lobed leaves), Plymouth Avenue, San Ramon to Wildwood, west side, 9. White arrows on the pavement provide directions whenever a turn is needed. 27 Walter              Indian laurel fig (Ficus microcarpa ‘Nitida’), South and Southeast Asia to northern Australia (a common, although problematic, street tree throughout San Francisco), trunk of an olive tree (Olea europaea) at 47 Walter, 34. 380 Laidley    Queen palm (Syagrus romanzoffiana), Southern Brazil - a particularly nice specimen! Numbered trees are labeled with common and scientific names and country of origin, all written in white chalk on the sidewalk; accompanying numbers, in blue, run from 1 to 47. This walk is approximately 1 ½ miles long. 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. 422 Yerba Buena   African linden (Sparmannia africana), South Africa, 23. Median      Silver dollar gum (Eucalyptus polyanthemos), Eastern Australia (the bigger tree; note the more slender adult foliage, compared to tree #26), Brisbane box (Lophostemon confertus), Eastern Australia (the smaller tree, under the silver dollar gum), Red maple (Acer rubrum) at 822 14th Street, Turn right on Henry; Henry Street, Sanchez to Noe, north side, 39. Its fruits may not look like the lemons (Citrus limon) you buy in the supermarket, but the dwarf Meyer lemon tree is one of the best varieties you can grow if you want to produce fruit in a small space. [NOTE: our newest tour of the NOPA neighborhood is below. 925 Chenery          Coffee tree (Coffea arabica), Eastern Africa & Yemen (tree is in the entry court of St John’s Catholic School; coffee trees are seldom seen outdoors in SF), 51. 202 Fair Oaks        London plane tree (Platanus x acerifolia), hybrid of Eastern USA species and European species, 19. Female ginkgos are "in season" - here's where to find them! 2616 Union            Rusty-leafed fig (Ficus rubiginosa), Eastern  Australia (another fig, Ficus pumila, is climbing on the walls below and behind these 5 trees), 18. Numbered trees are labeled with common and scientific names and country of origin, all written in white chalk on the sidewalk; accompanying numbers, in blue, run from 1 to 44. Peruvian pepper tree (Schinus molle), Peru, Chile, The tree really (a Peruvian pepper tree - Schinus molle) is incidental to this park - it’s the grasses that make this park so beautiful…, A grove of coast redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens). 148 Noe     Hibiscus tree (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis), tropical Asia (tree is on Henry; not known to thrive in San Francisco’s cool climate, but this specimen is doing well), 23. 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. Hopseed tree (Dodonaea viscosa), native throughout tropical and subtropical parts of the world (here trained as a tall narrow hedge), Owens Street, west of Campus Way, east side, 48. For our earlier tours, click here for the Bayview, Bernal Heights, Castro, Cow Hollow, Dogpatch, Glen Park, Inner Sunset, Lower Haight, Mission (central Mission), Mission (Inner Mission), Mission (Transmission), Mission Bay, Noe Valley (north), Noe Valley (south), NOPA, Pacific Heights, Potrero Hill, Richmond, Russian Hill, Salesforce Park, Transmission, Westwood Park and West Portal tours. 62 Sussex   Weeping bottlebrush (Callistemon viminalis), East Australia (across the street), Sussex Street, Diamond to Van Buren, southeast side, 34. Once a land of warehouses and rail yards, Mission Bay has grown in the past two decades into a dense and dynamic urban neighborhood, filled with hospitals and medical facilities, corporate offices, housing for students and families, shops and restaurants, the Golden State Warriors’ new home (Chase Center), public art, numerous parks, plazas, and open space — and plenty of street trees. 2740 Divisadero    European beech (Fagus sylvatica), Europe (the tree is against the stairs, next to the utilities), 21. 55 Southwood        Bloodwood (Baloghia inophylla), Eastern Australia (quite possibly the only one of                           its kind in SF, outside of the Botanical Gardens), 5. At Fulton Street, cross Fulton and continue south on Broderick Street. 3102 Castro             Glossy privet (Ligustrum lucidum), South China, ***Cross Castro carefully to Laidley Street***, Laidley Street, Castro to Roanoke, southeast side, 7. 460 Yerba Buena   Monterey pine (Pinus radiata), Año Nuevo, Monterey, Cambria, CA native, most widely planted coniferous tree in the world (mostly for lumber; this is a particularly fine specimen, standing tall behind the palm), Port Orford cedar (Chamaecyparis lawsoniana), Southwest Oregon & Northwest California (this is the weeping tree next to the stairs), Monterey Blvd, Yerba Buena to St. Elmo, north side, 25. You can follow Mike (@sftreeguy) and Jason (@loulufan) on Instagram. For a token price of five dollars Victor left the Western Nursery with a gardener’s ransom. Cajeput tree (Melaleuca quinquenervia), E Australia (young trees, the dominant planting                            along much of Owens St), Pedestrian Walkway opposite Campus Way, between Owens and B Street, 45. asplenifolius), 37. jacquemontii), Himalayas, 54. Terry Francois Blvd, 16th to Warriors Way, west side. Why? 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. A final post-script: as I said at the start of this post, if you google “Victor Reiter”, you won’t find much about the man and his accomplishments. 15. For earlier tours, click here for the Bayview, Bernal Heights, Castro, Cow Hollow, Dogpatch, Glen Park, Inner Sunset, Lower Haight, Mission (central Mission), Mission (Inner Mission), Mission Bay, Noe Valley, Potrero Hill, Richmond, Russian Hill, Transmission, Westwood Park and West Portal tours.]. 17. XXIX, No. 32nd Avenue, north of California, east side. Duboce Triangle "Social-Distancing" Tree Tour 12-20-20, the interesting San Francisco story can be found here, Salesforce Park "Social-Distancing" Tour 12-13-20, Pacific Heights "Social-Distancing" Tree Tour 11-29-20, Noe Valley (north) "Social-Distancing" Tree Tour 11-22-20, NOPA “Social-Distancing” Tree Tour 11-14-20, Cow Hollow "Social-Distancing" Tree Tour 11-8-20. 156 Kenwood        Cajeput tree (Melaleuca quinquenervia), Eastern Australia (feel the spongy bark), 42. 998 Florida            Sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua), E USA to Mexico & C America (tree is across the street on 22nd), 26. 165 Manor             Canary Island date palm (Phoenix canariensis), Canary Islands, Spain (2 fairly young trees across the street; they are just beginning to develop their trunks), 37. 554 Laidley           New Zealand tea tree (Leptospermum scoparium ‘Ruby Glow’), New Zealand, 23. [NOTE: we chalked a new tour in the Glen Park neighborhood yesterday (10-25-20); that tour should be up on this site very soon!]. 1757 Hayes            Australian willow (Geijera parviflora), Eastern & Southeastern Australia. Apple trees are a sturdy and straightforward deciduous tree for home orchards. 639 Broderick        Marina strawberry tree (Arbutus ‘Marina’), a hybrid of Mediterranean species (first introduced in San Francisco – click here for the interesting story of this tree), 34. 575 Duboce           Flowering cherry (Prunus serrulata), East Asia, Turn right on Walter; Walter Street, Duboce to 14th, east side, Indian laurel fig (Ficus microcarpa ‘Nitida’), 33. 29. ***Take a break at the food truck compound in Spark: good food, cold drinks, and Powder ice cream (what more would one need?). Red gums are well adapted to San Francisco’s cool coastal climate, and they thrive almost everywhere in the City. Reiter Sr. moved the family to 1195 Stanyan Street in 1926. Divisadero Street, Union to Green, east side, 20. 148 Noe     California buckeye (Aesculus californica), California; a San Francisco native tree! The tour begins and ends at the corner of 31st Avenue and California Street. 4172 - 23rd             Mexican fan palm (Washingtonia robusta), Baja California (a trio! 2411 Fillmore        Evergreen pear (Pyrus kawakamii), Taiwan, Fillmore Street, Jackson to Pacific, west side. 238 Vicente           White champaca (Magnolia x alba), hybrid of Southeast Asian species (watch for the fragrant white flowers tucked within the foliage), 40. The Reiters acquired an adjacent acre of Sutro Forest, and Victor, Jr. met Lewis Allen and Eric Walther, both of Golden Gate Park. Because these trees are bred to thrive in Golden State climates and conditions with ease, they're prepared to perform once they arrive at your door. 6935 California     Norfolk Island pine (Araucaria heterophylla), Australia, Norfolk Island (it’s the tall “Christmas tree” within the block across the street). The multiple-budded fruit tree is the answer! 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. 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. Their lemons are rounder than typical lemons and have some orange color mixed in with the more usual yellow (but they do have the tangy taste that you would expect from a lemon). 347-353 Laidley     Mayten (Maytenus boaria), Chile (row of 3 trees), Laidley Street, northeast of Mateo, northwest side. This is an extremely rare tree on the streets of San Francisco. The colorful fruit are edible, though rather tasteless; exceptional specimens can be seen in the SF Botanical Garden. 1 Elizabeth            New Zealand Christmas tree, pōhutukawa in Māori (Metrosideros excelsa), New Zealand (widely planted in SF, where it loves our cool, coastal climate). 3503 - 23rd            Shoestring acacia (Acacia stenophylla), Western Australia, 37. Richard edited another great book on San Francisco trees: Elizabeth McClintock’s Trees of Golden Gate Park. History and Uses. **Short jog left on Guerrero to see #29, then return to 24th Street. ***, 32nd Avenue, north of California, west side, 8. 24. A Department of the City and County of San Francisco. 4. The guide I have created below (and the printable PDF download version) are based on several sources (listed below) to create the most accurate, up-to-date, and complete list. 35. 376 Laidley           Cajeput tree (Melaleuca quinquenervia), East Australia (feel the spongy bark), 18. 298 - 32nd   Canary Island date palm (Phoenix canariensis), Canary Islands (2 trees) This is the same palm that lines the Embarcadero and upper Market Street, and there are many Canary Island palms in the Dolores Street median. Keynote Speaker: Pam Peirce, Author of Golden Gate … The thin and weak central branches of fruit bearing trees need to be removed. 901 Alabama           Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba), China (row of 5 trees alongside the Boys & Girls Club, 10. White arrows on the pavement provide directions whenever a turn is needed. 272 Fair Oaks        Purple-leaf plum (Prunus cerasifera ‘Krauter Vesuvius’), Eurasia (a selection of purple-leaf plum that originated in a Bakersfield nursery), 25. This was followed by years of fuchsia breeding in an attempt to improve the size quality and color range of garden fuchsias. Willis Orchard Company now offers the following fruit trees for our customers with limited growing space, or for those that would like to grow fruit trees in containers, or their patio. In Victor Reiter’s opinion, this Himalayan Magnolia tree, with its enormous, clear, deep pink blossoms, was the handsomest in the city. 201 Vicente           Bunya bunya (Araucaria bidwillii), E. Australia (City champion: biggest in SF and an amazing specimen! Profits had never, at best, been more than miniscule and the mounting costs of doing business, coupled with the declining public interest in high-maintenance gardens, made its final demise inevitable. Varieties differ in the number of hours they require at these temperatures to overcome dormancy. Reiter was one of the first Californians to obtain a cutting after the variety was introduced to cultivation later that decade (possibly from Strybing Arboretum, which still has a mature yellow-blooming specimen near the Arboretum’s entrance). Western red cedar (Thuja plicata), CA native; CA to AK and MT (a staggered line of 7 trees, uncommon in SF; this is an important timber tree in the Pacific Northwest, where Native Americans use it for canoes and totem poles), Mission Bay Blvd North, at Terry Francois, north side, 2. 2435 California (Mollie Stone’s)   Hedge maple (Acer campestre), Eurasia and North Africa (this is the largest hedge maple that we know of in San Francisco), 46. 3451 - 22nd              Pink Majestic Indian hawthorn (Raphiolepis x ‘Montic’), South China and Japan to Southeast Asia (tree is on Fair Oaks), 6. Mulberry Tree. We return to Noe Valley for another tour exploring the arboreal richness of this neighborhood - but this time, the northern half of the neighborhood. Fortunately for San Francisco, this spacious garden is now in the hands of Mr. Reiter’s widow and children who share his keen interest in the land and its upkeep. Any commercial potting soil should be suitable for growing fruit trees. Arranged by geographic origin, or in other distinct categories (succulents, palms, oaks), the plants offer a tour of the world’s flora, with an emphasis on the mediterranean-climate regions of southern Europe, North Africa and the Near East, California, central Chile, southwestern South Africa, and portions of South and Western Australia. Red gums cannot be easily reproduced from cuttings, and when reproduced from seed, nature rolls the genetic dice, so the flower color won’t necessarily match that of the parent tree. 2401 Octavia         Canary Island date palm (Phoenix canariensis), Canary Islands, Spain, **Continue south/uphill on Octavia Street**, Octavia Street, Jackson to Washington, east side. This one is a city champion: the biggest of its kind in San Francisco! 69 Beaver  Purple-leaf plum (Prunus cerasifera), Eurasia (formerly San Francisco’s most planted street tree), Turn right on Castro. A surprisingly warm, picture-perfect autumn day welcomed us for our seventeenth tree tour, offering up some uncommon and interesting trees along the gently curving streets and in the many horticulturally rich front gardens—somewhat surprising since this can be a fairly foggy neighborhood. This tree walk ends at Masonic Avenue, near its beginning at 736 Masonic, just north of Hayes. The lobster rolls are the best this side of Maine, which, incidentally, does not enjoy a mild mediterranean climate like ours. White arrows on the pavement provide directions whenever a turn is needed. Sales of this sort were seldom consummated, usually ending, rather in an outright gift or exchange arrangement. 2829 - 20th            Ficus (Ficus microcarpa ‘Nitida’), S Asia (a common, although problematic, street tree throughout SF), 20th Street, Bryant to Florida, south side, 57. 1700 McAllister     Queen palm (Syagrus romanzoffiana), Southern Brazil   (2 young trees on McAllister, at corner of Broderick, across the street), Broderick Street, McAllister to Fulton, east side, 30. Numbered trees are labeled with common and scientific names and country of origin, all written in white chalk on the sidewalk; accompanying numbers, in blue, run from 1 to 59. Laguna Street, Washington to Sacramento, east side, 38. Concurrently, La Rochette became very active I breeding fuchsias. 21 Beaver    Japanese maple (Acer palmatum), Japan, China, Korea, 9. Besides, having a plant named in one’s honor is a mixed blessing; if the plant does poorly, the honoree is blamed, rather than the supplier, or the real culprit, which might be a snail or a slug. XXV:  90, [4] Notes on the History of Fuchsia Breeding (Reiter) Vol. At 31st Avenue, turn right and head south to the Dupont Tennis Courts. What most people don’t know is that the uglier and more wrinkled the fruit is on the outside, the better it is on the inside. The following chart represents availability at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market in San Francisco. 951 Alabama         Mock-orange (Pittosporum tobira), Japan, China, & Korea (a remarkable specimen), 13. Imagine delicious fruit, grown right from your home, in a wide variety of colors, flavors and types, from sweet to tart and exotic. Queen palms (Syagrus romanzoffiana) in foreground; a Mexican fan palm (Washingtonia robusta) behind them on the right, 1. **For another side excursion, head uphill on Conrad Street a short distance to Poppy Lane and turn right into this unpaved alley; about fifty yards down on the left is a giant specimen of California buckeye (Aesculus californica). Sophora japonica),                                                       China (the dominant tree along both sides of 4th St, from Mission Bay Blvd North to                                Channel St), 12. White arrows on the pavement provide directions whenever a turn is needed. XX:  60, [3] The First Thirty-One Years (Reiter)  Vol. The walk begins on Dolores and 22nd streets and heads east on 22nd to Fair Oaks Street, then south on Fair Oaks to 24th Street, east on 24th to San Jose Avenue, north on San Jose to 22nd, and then west on 22nd to Fair Oaks, a block from the tour’s start. Toward the end f the war, he had reached a crossroads – to decide whether to follow his esteemed superior, A. M. Poniatoff, into the budding Ampex Corporation or to return to La Rochette. This tree walk begins at Bird & Beckett Books, on Chenery Street—certainly one of the most popular independent bookstores in town. 2397 Bryant           Chinese elm (Ulmus parvifolia), E Asia (tree is on 22nd), 31. 398 Surrey             Canary Island pine (Pinus canariensis), Canary Islands, Chenery Street, Surrey to Burnside, south side, 49. 2759 Union             Blackwood acacia (Acacia melanoxylon), Southeast Australia, Cross the Street at Baker and backtrack on Union’s north side. This neighborhood of comfortable homes adjoins the thriving shopping district along West Portal Avenue. It’s early summer 2014, and we’ve just finished shopping at the local Chinese grocery store. The trees grow best in heavy soils like clay loam with a porous subsoil or a medium or sandy loam. San Jose Avenue at 23rd, southwest corner, 35. We survived a day of blistering heat in Mission Bay last summer, and a marginally cooler day in Westwood Park in early November, but Sunday, December 13, was our first encounter with real rain. When the Magnolia campbellii mollicomata is in bloom in mid-February, friends father to toast its magnificence. New Zealand Christmas trees are widely planted in SF, as the tree loves our climate. (Monocultures sometimes lead to diseases sweeping through a planting, seriously affecting all the trees of the same species.). The walk heads west on Vallejo to Baker Street, and back downhill to the start at Green and Baker. 48 Mateo               Brazilian pepper tree (Schinus terebinthifolius), Brazil (tree is on Laidley), London plane tree (Platanus x acerifolia); showing the effect of repetitive “pollarding”, which creates knobby branch endings, Laidley Street, Mateo to Roanoke, northwest side, 19. Pathways are well-paved, and occasional shelter provides protection from the heaviest downpours. Median        Italian stone pine (Pinus pinea), Mediterranean Basin (source of pine nuts/pignoli), Southwood Drive, Miramar to San Ramon, west side, 3. Let’s not give up on this these magnificent trees! Tree fans may wish to visit the Glen Park Greenway, which parallels Bosworth Street on its north side, to see the new plantings of coast live oaks (Quercus agrifolia) and other, mostly native, trees and shrubs. Plant information was supplied to newspapers, magazines, horticultural writers and home gardeners, all of whom seemed to phone at any hour of the day or night, or on holidays of any denomination. 3528 - 24th             Gold medallion tree (Cassia leptophylla), Southern Brazil, 32. 730 Miramar         Giant yucca (Yucca gigantea), Central America, Miramar Avenue, Northwood to Monterey, east side, 18. 2680 Union            Chinese pistache (Pistacia chinensis), West and Central China (foliage is taking on autumn colors), 14. They favored the smaller, more single kinds and, through hybridizing, Victor Sr. produced a Rosa abyssinica X R. ‘Cecile Brunner’ F3 hybrid, which he named Dr. Gallwey Improved. ], To paraphrase the US Post Office’s slogan, neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays the three tree geeks from their appointed rounds…. For the all-double-white fuchsia has already been recorded in these pages relaxing and time! 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