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In the spotlight: The Urban Arborist

The Urban Arborist | Pacific Nurseries

We know that the Bay Area landscape professional community counts on us for a great selection of beautiful plants with knowledgeable, personal service and competitive prices to meet the challenges of their landscape projects.

And we like to recognize the unique and valued partnership that we’ve had with this selective and demanding community since 1869. We do that in a number of ways including shining a SPOTLIGHT on some of the more interesting landscape pros that we work with.

Bay Area tree expertise since 2010

The Urban Arborist is a licensed, insured + bonded, professional tree service that has provided full-service tree care to the San Francisco Bay Area since 2010.

Josef Sikelianos is the owner of The Urban Arborist and Scott Wheeler acts as the manager and public face of the organization. With a long history in customer service roles, Scott is the go-to-guy for estimates, project management and customer related issues.

A unique and inspired landscape resource

Many people have the mis-guided idea that when an arborist or the “tree guys” roll up to a location, there go the limbs and the neighborhood. Instead, The Urban Arborist has a decidedly different perspective which promotes that the frequency of tree care and attention prolongs the health, life and visual beauty of every tree.

They view trees as growing, functional and expressive elements that anchor a landscape. As a result, they need continual care and attention to enhance availability of air and light in order to thrive and provide beautiful cover, contrast and form in a garden.

The Urban Arborist

Frequency of care prolongs tree health, life and visual beauty | The Urban Arborist


Adding value instead of just removing limbs

With a focus on being the most reliable, customer-service oriented arborists to their valued customers, they approach their work with the attitude that every property and tree is treated with the same care and respect as if it were their own.

This level of planing and attention to detail requires a value added approach that includes:

  • Thorough evaluation of site + required work
  • Proper set up of equipment + resources
  • Adequate protective measures to mitigate property + structural risks
  • Elimination + reduction of surprises when work begins

All projects are undertaken by highly-skilled teams of tree care professionals under the guidance of an ISA | International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist. Proper climbing and safe pruning techniques are also used in every project.

Most of The Urban Arborist’s customers are located in San Francisco but they also perform work in Marin, the East Bay and on the Peninsula for both residential and commercial properties. As an experienced, mid-sized tree care company, they are adequately equipped to perform just about any job.

Their services include:

  • Structural Pruning | focus on cutting unwanted branches back to their origin, leaving a strong and simplified network of branches that will enhance beneficial growth to a healthy tree
  • Crown Reduction | pruning requiring selective cuts to be made to a tree which may be growing too large for its surroundings
  • Vista Pruning | tailoring a tree’s foliage for view restoration while retaining tree health
  • Installation | selection, placement and planting of new trees optimized for a site
  • Removal | removing a tree safely and efficiently
  • Diagnosis | thorough site and tree evaluation to determine the best course of action for desired outcome
  • Emergency Services | triage for related tree events
Enhanced Tree Form | The Urban Arborist

A well pruned tree form provides air + light for improved tree health | The Urban Arborist


Serving customers with high requirements

The Urban Arborist team prefers to work with customers that take great pride in their gardens and those that place a high value on their property looking great. Many repeat customers are very aesthetically aware and recognize that well cared for trees make valuable additions to the landscapes and gardens that they love.

It’s not unusual for The Urban Arborist to be selected to work on a project and develop a lasting and recurring relationship with a loyal customer.

The Urban Arborist is very proud of their YELP reviews as they consistently get high ratings from people who use their services.

Yelp! | The Urban Arborist

Yelp Reviews | The Urban Arborist


“I can’t say enough good things about my experience with Scott Wheeler at the Urban Arborist.”

“They were meticulous with their work and cleaned up thoroughly after a full day of work.”

“Scott was super nice and a pleasure to work with. I would highly recommend this company!”


A successful working partnership

The Urban Arborist has been a customer of Pacific Nurseries since they began work in the Bay Area.

Since that time, Scott Wheeler has come to rely on Pacific Nurseries with increasing frequency as his trusted nursery partner for inspiration and unique trees with sizes and quantities that are hard to find.

Scott added,


Pacific Nurseries is not an ordinary nursery. They consistently have a great selection and plant variety that I just can’t find at other ordinary or smaller nurseries.

When it comes to selecting trees for important installations, I trust Pacific Nurseries to have many beautiful options that I can choose from.”

Scott is also a frequent user of the convenient online Estimate/Order Form that allows him to place a plant material order or get an estimate right from his computer.

To learn more about The Urban Arborist, visit them online or just give Scott a call.

The Urban Arborist
Scott Wheeler | Manager
scott@urbanarboristsf.com
415.638.3996

ISA Certified Arborist | #WE-9111A
CA Lic | #994610
Insurance| #OME004632

Uncommon trees and more

If you’re looking for some out of the box inspiration for uncommon trees or just need a great selection of favorite Bay Area trees like Magnolias, Olives or Japanese Maples, we’ve got you covered.

If you want to learn more about all of the tree options that we offer and how our trees are climatized for Bay Area micro-climates, just contact the experts at Pacific Nurseries.

As both a grower and a plant broker, we’re ready to work with you to provide just the right trees and native, water-wise plants that will make your project a success. It’s one of the many qualities that makes us different from just an ordinary nursery.

And if you need a plant material Estimate or would like to place an Order, just click on over to use our new and improved ONLINE ESTIMATE | ORDER FORM.

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Are you ready for the the spotlight?

If you’re interested in being one of our featured landscape pros, contact us and we will consider including you in a future Landscape Pro SPOTLIGHT post. We look forward to hearing from you!