Landscape / Open Space Framework
Tree Massing / Inventory of Landscape
The campus is dominated by mature stands of Monterey Cypress (Cupressus macrocarpa), Monterey Pine (Pinus radiata),
and Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus, Eucalyptus spp.). Several of these small groves located in and around the Quad
formerly stood amid agricultural fields and constitute the only surviving pre-campus vegetation. These original Monterey
Cypress and Monterey Pine groves have dictated the location and footprint of many of the campus buildings in the core.
Mature Eucalyptus groves cover the slopes surrounding Cox Stadium and below University Park North. According to John
Westfall’s history, the trees and shrubs around the terraced playfields—the upper playfield at 19th Avenue, Cox Stadium,
and lower field now occupied by Maloney Field and the parking garage—were brought from the Treasure Island World Fair
site, which closed in 1940. It is unclear what remains of those early plantings.
Unique in the campus landscape are the Garden of Remembrance with its use of Asian plant species, rocks, and water,
and the Fern Walk between Business and HSS, where closely spaced tree ferns create an exotic lushness.
Along Holloway Avenue, London Plane trees (Platanus acerifolia) and Canary Island Pine (Pinus canariensis) begin
to create an urban streetscape.
John Westfall, Professor Emeritus, Department of Geography and Human Environmental Studies, SFSU, San Francisco State
University: An Air-Photo History of the Lake Merced Campus, 1999.
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