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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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Mt. Tabor Free Trees Event – Bring your shovels!

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Friday April 4th and Saturday, April 5th


 April in Arbor Month, but our volunteers keep Urban Forestry going all year long!

Change is coming to Mt.Tabor Yard!

The tree nursery at Mt.Tabor yard is closing due to budget cuts and after using as many of these trees as we can in our parks and green spaces, there are still a few left.

We’d like to thank our neighbors and volunteers by inviting you to come and choose from our remaining stock.  Come give a home to some of these great trees and help grow Portland’s urban forest!

As a thank you to all our fabulous volunteers, we are hosting a free tree give away at our Mt Tabor Yard! 

Friday, April 4th       9am-1pm            Sign Up! for a time slot

Saturday, April 5th   8am-2pm            Sign Up! for a time slot

Trees will be available on a first come first serve basis, by self serve excavation.

Come prepared!  Mt. Tabor Trees


  • Bring tools to dig your tree
  • Dress for the weather and be prepared to get dirty
  • Provide proper transportation to get your tree home  (in most cases a pickup truck)


What have we got?

Below is a sample of the trees we will have available:

Trees range in size from 1.25” caliper to 2”+, balled and burlapped specimens. 

Smaller trees are still in pots, larger trees will need to be dug.

There will be an excavator on hand to help you dig the largest trees.


Douglas fir  (Psuedotsuga menzeisii) – A true Oregon native, this large tree needs a big space to reach its full potential.  (8.5ft or > planting strips without wires)

Black tupelo (Nyssa sylvatica) – This is a drought tolerant southerner for medium sized spaces.  (4ft or > planting strips with wires)

 Accolade elm (Ulmus "Accolade") – This disease resistant elm will bring its large green vase to your home or planting strip. (6ft or > planting strips without wires)

 Kousa dogwood (Cornus kousa) – A lovely flowering tree for medium sized spaces (6ft or > planting strips under wires)


Eddie's White Wonder dogwood (Cornus 'Eddies White Wonder') – Another flowering tree, perfect for a medium sized space (6ft or > planting strips under wires)

Lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta) – a large straight trunked evergreen that will need room to go up! (6ft or > planting strips without wires)

Common hackberry (Celtis occidentalis) – Distinctive bark and small berries are a few of the things that give this large hardwood interest.  (8.5ft or > planting strips without wires)

Incense cedar (Calocedrus decurrens) – A majestic evergreen this large tree will need room to grow.  (8.5ft or > planting strips without wires)


If you intend to plant your tree between the sidewalk and the curb, you will need a site inspection and a permit. 

Street trees fall within the public right of way and as such they are regulated by the City of Portland, and must meet certain standards. 

When you sign up, indicate that you will be planting a street tree and we will schedule a city tree inspector to come out, mark the curb with the appropriate planting location prior to issuing a permit.

When you choose your tree, make sure it is on the approved street tree planting lists.

Sign Up Here!  For a time to visit us at Mt Tabor Yard and pick out your trees!

Questions?  Contact: Emily Wilson,, 503-823-4440