“A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” is the title of the popular 1943 novel about a family growing up at the turn of the 20th century in Williamsburg, New York City. In San Francisco, CA, a giant sequoia tree, Latin name Sequoiadendron giganteum, grows quietly, steadily, for about the same long number of decades, in a park in the Mission District.
Friends of trees and of The TreeSpirit Project often tell us of beautiful, magnificent trees (but aren’t they all?) in unusual and unexpected places like this. Who knew this exotic tree, about 100 feet tall, kept watch over this urban parkland?
TreeSpirit spread the word and assembled a team of sequoias fans (not hard to find) to go on this “Mission Sequoia.”
Our adventure was capped by an arborist, Chris, willing, able and eager to climb to the very top. If you look closely, you’ll see him communing with crows flying by who must have been surprised to see one of us two-leggeds in their midst, reaching for the heavens.