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Trees in memory of Jason H. Collard

Family & friends sponsor planting

Planting a tree is a powerful way to commemorate the death of a loved one. The partner, other family, and friends of Jason Collard generously donated $10,000 to Friends of the Urban Forest so we could plant dozens of trees in San Francisco's Mission neighborhood in his memory.

Jason was born in Utah in 1967, and moved to San Francisco in 1988. He worked for many years for John Wheatman & Associates, a design firm, where he eventually became an associate. In his free time, he traveled the world extensively.

"He drove a car throughout Switzerland, drank fine wines in Italy, ate pastries in France, laid on the beach in Belize, partied in Hong Kong, rode elephants in Thailand, walked the pyramids in Egypt, smoked cigars in Cuba, took sun in Mexico, climbed the Great Wall in China, slept in a yurt in Mongolia, and took an Ikebana class in Japan," said Pat Blamey, Jason's partner of almost 20 years.

Jason's parents, sisters, and two nieces traveled from Utah to participate in the planting, which happened on a beautiful spring day (his brother was unable to attend, but was there in spirit).

"We hope that others are encouraged to do the same for someone they love," Pat said. "Jason would be thrilled."

Showy, messy beauty

Arboreal news: Catalina Cherry

The Catalina Cherry (Prunus ilicifolia ssp. lyonii) is native to the Channel Islands and southern and central California, but does quite well in most parts of San Francisco (though it doesn't thrive in the windy, sandy conditions in the Outer Sunset and Outer Richmond).

It grows to 30’ tall and 20’ wide, and produces showy white spikes ("racemes") in early May that develop into cherry-like fruits that can be messy when they drop.

See a good example at 1459 Alabama Street between 26th Street and Cesar Chavez in the Mission.  Find other specimens using the Urban Forest Map.
The Biophile

Aphids, Ants, & Sooty Mold, Oh My!

We get a lot of calls about pesky pests eating tasty trees, so here are tips for managing one of the most frequent offenders: the aphid. Aphids and ants are often found together due to their symbiotic relationship: the aphids suck sap from the tree, and secrete sticky deposits; the ants protect the tiny aphids from predators in order to eat their secretions.

Sooty mold tends to grow on the deposits -- it looks like a dusty black film on the tops of leaves. It blocks light and makes photosynthesis less efficient, but doesn't badly harm the tree; it's mostly significant as an indication of an aphid infestation.

To rid the tree of aphids, spray down the leaves with water for a couple of mornings in a row to wash the aphids off. Check the tree a week later and spray again if needed. If they persist, apply an ant trap around the tree trunk -- it's a sticky paste available from garden supply stores or online. Once the ants are gone, predators will kill the aphids.

You can also introduce some predators -- just buy ladybugs or lacewings at a gardening store (release them at night so they don't fly away before noticing the tasty aphids).

Lastly and most importantly, keep your tree healthy and strong with regular waterings; its natural defenses will help it survive pests.
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Recently FUF'ed
On June 14-16, we led neighborhood residents and volunteers in installing new sidewalk gardens in the Central Sunset neighborhood. The volunteers included members of Battery Powered, the philanthropy program of The Battery SF.
Thanks to our funders
We thank Wells Fargo for a gift of $25,000 to support tree planting.
We thank Airbnb for a gift of $5,000 to support the installation and planting of new sidewalk gardens in the Glen Park neighborhood.
We thank the Safeway Foundation for a gift of $2,500 to support our Green Teens program.
Upcoming FUF Stuff

July 18 -- Wonderful Wednesday Tree Care

July 19 -- Tree Replacement Thursday

July 20 -- No-Frown Friday Tree Care

July 20 -- Friday Tree Delivery, Outer Richmond

July 21 -- Planting Support, Outer Richmond

July 21 -- July Pruning Workshop

July 21 -- Tree Planting, Outer Richmond

July 25 -- Wonderful Wednesday Tree Care

July 26 -- Tree Replacement Thursday

July 27 -- No-Frown Friday Tree Care

August 1 -- Wonderful Wednesday Tree Care

August 2 -- Tree Replacement Thursday

August 3 -- No-Frown Friday Tree Care

August 8 -- Wonderful Wednesday Tree Care

August 9 -- Tree Replacement Thursday

August 10 -- No-Frown Friday Tree Care

August 15 -- Wonderful Wednesday Tree Care

August 16 -- Tree Replacement Thursday

August 16-18 -- Sidewalk Landscaping, Glen Park

August 17 -- No-Frown Friday Tree Care

August 17 -- Friday Tree Delivery, Mission

August 18 -- Planting Support, Mission

August 18 -- Tree Planting, Mission

August 22 -- August Pruning Workshop

August 22 -- Wonderful Wednesday Tree Care

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