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This Book Is Dedicated to little children climbing a friendly tree to explore their world . . . to us who live here and to park visitors enjoying the shade of a tree, on a warm afternoon . . . to gardeners, for whom the care of trees is not a job but a way of life . . . to those who have gone before us and left a legacy . . . to those who will come after us to preserve and enhance that legacy . . . and to the poet in each of us whose heart is stirred by Kilmer's words, "I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree."
One's first impression of Palo Alto is of the size, variety, and verdure of our trees, bestowing upon us their beauty of form and leaf and blossom, their varied fruit and protecting shade.
The tree, named El Palo Alto, became a symbol for the City of Palo Alto, California, and on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the incorporation of the city, this coast redwood ( Sequoia sempervirens) was planted in J. Pearce Mitchell Park, and dedicated as El Palo Nuevo, a twin symbol, February 1, 1969.