You've probably noticed them as you go about your daily trips around the city - clouds of pink and white have appeared along our streets, as they do around this time each year. These harbingers of spring are flowering plums and cherries, which have been planted in Portland for decades because of their beautiful spring flowers. While there are countless hybrids out there, the most common flowering plum you see is Prunus cerasifera and the most common flowering cherries are the Akebono (Prunus x yedoensis "Akebono') and Kwanzan (Prunus serrulata 'Kwanzan'). Those beauties on the waterfront? Akebono.
Thanks to the hundreds of volunteers who mapped and measured every street tree in the city as part of the Tree Inventory Project, we can find them in each one of Portland's neighborhoods. Check out Urban Forestry's Flowering Tree Map and go on a tree walk in your neighborhood!
Use the Flowering Tree Map to find those plums, cherries, and all the other trees along Portland's streets