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Sometimes having the world in its full, voluptuous three-dimensions is a little much, too distracting, information overload. If you’re feeling overwhelmed in the garden, perhaps it’s time to get your espalier on. An ancient agricultural technique, to espalier means to train [...]
Cedars just might be the most emotional of all conifers. Their form is simultaneously graceful and awkward, their drooping branches tending to swoop upward at the tips, as if a shred of hope were an afterthought. Their cones are not only resinous — weeping a pale, fragrant sap — but are deciduous [...]
There are two trees thriving right now in their four square feet of dirt, and they’re making San Francisco’s sidewalks much more interesting. Both are pretty ubiquitous around the City, both are showy and bold, both have a trunk, branches, leaves, and flowers. But beyond these shared characteristics, Red Gum Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus [...]
grace slick and janis joplin have nothing to do with redwoods, necessarily, I just love this photo by Jim Marshall.
As the world’s tallest trees, redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens) are already a uniquely impressive plant. These behemoths of the northern California coast are ancient relicts — leftover populations from the time dinosaurs roamed the [...]
Ah, Sweetshade (Hymenosporum flavum). This street tree was planted heavily in the 1990s in order to, according to Mike Sullivan, author of the requisite Trees of San Francisco, replace its close relative, Pittosporum undulatum (you know, the one with those dull orange fruits with the messy black seeds inside). [...]