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Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-PLAY (7529)

Fax: 503-823-6007

1120 SW Fifth Ave., Suite 1302, Portland, OR 97204

Broadleaf Evergreen Tree Tour: March 26 from 10 am to noon

Join Urban Forestry instructor Jim Gersbach for a walking tour of Irvington's unique broadleaf evergreens!

Starting Location: Caffe Destino,1339 NE Fremont St., Portland, OR 97212

When: Saturday, March 26th 2016 from 10 am to 12 pm


9:30 am - 10:00 am: Register at Caffe Destino 
9:00 am - 12 pm: Walk around the neighborhood and see broadleaf evergreen examples
Noon – Return to starting location

Register Online Here 

Irvington has some of the biggest, most beautiful, and ecologically significant broadleaf evergreen trees in Portland. Nurseryman Sean Hogan, who lives in Irvington, has long championed the use of evergreen trees in Portland, believing them eminently suited to our mild Pacific maritime climate. Since the 1990s he has been introducing to his neighbors’ yards and planting strips many species of broadleaf evergreens completely new to Oregon. As a result, Irvington has become a showcase for promising tree species seldom seen in the United States.

Citywide, broadleaf evergreens make up only about one percent of Portland’s urban canopy. Thanks to Hogan’s efforts, Irvington has Portland’s richest collection of broadleaf evergreen trees in the public right-of-way. This walk lets people see how these trees have grown, matured, and thrived in our climate. 

Just a few of the exciting trees that we will see on the walk:

bambooleaf oak Quercus myrsinifolia - boxleaf azara Azara microphylla - Chusan palm or windmill palm Trachycarpus fortunei - Compton oak Quercus x comptoniae - Edith Bogue southern magnolia Magnolia grandiflora ‘Edith Bogue’ - English holly Ilex aquifolium - Japanese chinkapin Castanopsis cuspidata - Jounama snow gum Eucalyptus pauciflora ssp. debeuzevillei - La Siberia Oak Quercus greggii 'La Siberia' - loquat Eriobotrya japonica - Mexican blue oak, Sonoran blue oak Quercus oblongifolia - olive Olea europaea - omeo gum Eucalyptus neglecta - Pacific madrone Arbutus menziesii - pineapple guava Feijoa sellowiana - Sierra oak, Canby oak Quercus canbyi - silver-leaf oak Quercus hypoleucoides - smiling forest lily tree Magnolia maudiae var. maudiae - snow gum Eucalyptus pauciflora ssp. niphophila - Southern magnolia Magnolia grandiflora - Sweet Bay magnolia Magnolia grandiflora var. australis

Contact Patrick Key at Portland Parks & Recreation Urban Forestry