Renowned horticularist’s gift to SF
The rare and famous Metrosiderous excelsus ‘Aurea’ variety, also known as the yellow-flowered New Zealand Christmas Tree, can be seen in bloom in front of 1221 Stanyan Street near 17th Street in Cole Valley. This specimen was planted by renowned horticulturalist Victor Reiter, who lived just down the street at 1195 Stanyan.
In the 1930’s Reiter founded the California Horticultural Society, and started buying up land behind his house for use as a commercial nursery; this land is now known as the “Secret Garden.” But his Metrosiderous excelsus ‘Aurea’ is no secret; it’s a giant specimen, the only one of its kind in the city, and has received “Landmark Tree” status from the city. Check it out.