THE FRIENDSHIP FOREST 
 "May our friendships grow!"


On July 11, 1995 we planted a tree native to Turkey in honor of the visiting ambassadors from Izmir, Turkey. That tree, a Carob, or St. John's Bread, was the beginning of our Friendship Forest. For each of these visiting clubs from other countries, we have planted another tree that would flourish in their homeland. We view the Forest as a living, growing symbol of friendship among nation

The Friendship Forest is located in: 

    Emma Prusch Farm Park
    647 South King Road near Story Road
    San Jose, California 95116

Each tree we plant is identified by a plaque stating that the tree is: 
"Planted in honor of the visit to the San Francisco Bay Area of the [inbound club's name] 
chapter of the Friendship Force. May our friendship grow!"


DATE

CLUB

TREE

7/11/95

Izmir, Turkey

Ceratonia siliqua
Carob, or St. John's-bread * 

10/5/95 

Braunschweig and Peine, Germany

Tilia cordata ' Greenspire' 
Small-leaved Linden 

1/26/96

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Jacaranda mimosifolia 
(J. acutifolia)
 
Jacaranda 

7/8/96

Java, Indonesia 

Melaleuca quinquenervia 
(M. leucadendra)
Paperbark, or Cajeput *  

10/30/96

Prague, Czech Republic

Fagus sylvatica
European Beech

4/18/97 

 

Alajuela, Costa Rica

 

Persea americana ‘Pinkerton’
Avocado *

8/21/97

Freiburg-Umkirch, Germany

Tilia cordata 'Greenspir’
Small-leaved Linden 

3/28/98

Moscow, Russia 

Betula pendula
European White Birch 

6/19/99

Thames-Coromandel and Hamilton, New Zealand

Metrosideros excelsa 
(M. tomentosa)
 
POHUTUKAWA
New Zealand 
Christmas Tree * 

9/11/99

Manchester, England

Plantanus acerifolia 'Yarwood'
(P. occidentalis x P. orientalis) 
European Sycamore 
(London Plane Tree)

4/20/00

Herne, Germany

Tilia cordata ‘Greenspire’
Small-leaved Linden *

9/6/00

Hobart, Tasmania and Australia  

Acacia melanoxylon
 
Black Acacia, or Blackwood Acacia 

5/24/01

Whangarei, New Zealand

Metrosideros excelsa 
(M. tomentosa)
 
POHUTUKAWA
New Zealand 
Christmas Tree *

3/25/02

Tokyo, Japan

Prunus serrulata 'Mt. Fuji'
White-Flowering Cherry 

5/19/02

FFSFBA member
memorial tree 

Sequoia sempervirens
Coast Redwood Northern 
(a California Native)

10/31/02

Montreal, Canada

Acer rubrum
Scarlet Red Maple 

9/16/04 

Devon, England

Quercus robur
English Oak

8/25/05

Osaka, Japan

Prunus serrulata
Flowering Cherry
"Mt Fuji" *

6/11/06

Queanbeyan (Canberra), Australia

Acacia baileyana
Bailey Acacia

6/18/08

North Moreton, Australia

Banksia integrifolia
Coast Banksia 
(Protea family)

6/2/09

Central Coast, Australia

Tristaniopsis laurina
Elegant Brisbane Box

7/11/09

Chemnitz, Germany

Fagus sylvatica
European Beech

6/26/10

Alajuela, Costa Rica

Frangula California"Coffeeberry" 
species unknown

7/17/11

Malang, Indonesia (island of Java)

Frangula californica 
California "Coffeeberry"

6/23/12

Cape of Good Hope (Cape Town), South Africa

Podocarpus 
Yew Pine

11/17/12

Founders' Tree

Quercus lobata 
Valley Oak

05/01/13

Horowhenua, New Zealand

Leptospermum scoparium 
New Zealand Tea Tree 'Ruby Glow" aka "Manuka"

09/01/13

Manitoba, Canada

Cedrus deodara 
Deodar Cedar

08/13/15

Recife, Brazil

Syagrus romanzoffiana 
Queen Palm

* = Expired

[The dates mark the time of the honorees' visit, when we dedicated the tree to them.]



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