Festival Trees

Hardly Strictly just ended.  Man, it’s been an awesome festival season in Golden Gate Park.  I’m always impressed how well the park holds up against the heavy traffic of festival goers.  If I had to pick the plant that gives the most, it’s the Australian Tea Tree (Leptospermum laevigatum).

Australian Tea Tree - Leptospermum laevigatum

Australian Tea Tree – Leptospermum laevigatum

It provides nooks for a little privacy and shade from the sun.  The low branches make good benches.  It handles people climbing on top of it to get a bird’s eye view.  It gets used like a handrail when hiking the makeshift paths.  People tie their hammocks to it.  I’ve even seen people bouncing on it like a trampoline.  Still the Australian Tea Tree holds up like it was made of iron.

Australian Tea Tree - Leptospermum laevigatum

Australian Tea Tree – Leptospermum laevigatum

Their highly textured trunks and branches twist and contort into every possible configuration.  This branch has grown into a complete circle…how cool.

Australian Tea Tree - Leptospermum laevigatum

Australian Tea Tree – Leptospermum laevigatum

I wish I could say the same about the Monterey Pine (Pinus radiata) below.  Adult trees do allow for some recreational climbing, but here in the Bay Area, it’s readily acceptable to Pine Pitch Canker.  This disease weakens the Monterey Pine and typically the branches break off over time.

Monterey Pine - Pinus radiata

Monterey Pine – Pinus radiata

Not to worry…it seems that most of the diseased trees have been either pruned or removed from the main festival areas of the park.  BTW, I saw that Fresh Dirt has some good projects if you have a dead pine lying around.

– Far Out Flora

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