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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Trees

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phone: (503) 823-TREE (8733)

email: trees@portlandoregon.gov

1900 SW 4th Avenue, Portland, OR 97201

8.5 Foot Wide and Greater Planting Spaces Without High Voltage Power Lines

Measure the width of the planting site from the inside of the curb to the edge of the sidewalk. Use this list for 8.5 foot wide and greater planting spaces without high voltage power lines. Other types of overhead wires are okay to plant under unless specified. Click here for help with identifying high voltage power lines.

This list is also for all unimproved right-of-way sites (curb with no sidewalk; or no curb and no sidewalk; or no curb, no sidewalk, and no paved road) WITHOUT overhead high voltage power lines.

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Tree Type
Common Name
Scientific Name

Size (height x width)

Features

Description

Bald Cypress

   

 

Bald Cypress
Taxodium distichum

65 x 30

fall color

Deciduous conifer. Feathery foliage turns orange/cinnamon in fall.

Beech

   

 

Fernleaf Beech
Fagus sylvatica '
Asplenifolia'
  
Copper Beech
Fagus sylvatica
'Atropurpurea' 
  
Rivers Purple Beech
Fagus sylvatica
'Riversii'

60 x 50

 

Grand, stately tree with smooth, silver-grey bark. 'Asplenifolia'   features interesting leaf shape, while 'Atropurpurea' and 'Riversii' have summer leaves in shades of purple.

Catalpa

   

 

Northern Catalpa
Catalpa speciosa

50 x 30

wildlife
flowers

Fast growing tree with very large leaves and large clusters of white and purple, orchid-like flowers.

Chestnut

   

 

Spanish Chestnut
Castanea sativa

70 x 50

wildlife

Faster growing, stout tree which develops deeply ridged bark with age. Edible chestnuts ripen in October.

Coffeetree

   

 

Kentucky Coffeetree
Gymnocladus dioicus 
  
Espresso™ Kentucky Coffeetree
Gymnocladus dioicus
'Espresso-JFS' 
  
True North™ Kentucky Coffeetree
Gymnocladus dioicus
'UMNSynergy'

60 x 40

fall color

Large, double-compound leaves give a tropical appearance during summer months. Straight species will produce seed pods. Cultivars are seedless.

Douglas-Fir

   

 

Douglas-Fir
Pseudotsuga menziesii

100 x 30

native
evergreen
wildlife

Native, fast growing and stately with deep green foliage and deeply furrowed brown bark. Requires ample growing space.

Dove-Tree

   

 

Dove-Tree
Davidia involucrata

50 x 30

flowers
part shade

Medium sized, spreading tree with delicate white flower bracts that resemble doves fluttering in the springtime breeze.

Elm

   

 

Jefferson American Elm
Ulmus americana 'Jefferson'
 
Princeton American Elm
Ulmus americana
'Princeton'

65 x 55

fall color

Classic American elm form with faster growth rate, glossy green   leaves turning yellows in the fall. These cultivars selected for good Dutch elm disease resistance.

Accolade® Elm
Ulmus
'Morton'

60 x 50

fall color

Asian elm hybrid with moderate growth rate, classic elm shape and yellow fall foliage. Resistant to Dutch elm disease.

Triumph Elm
Ulmus
'Morton Glossy'

55 x 45

fall color

Asian elm cultivar, with moderate growth rate, initially upright   becoming more vase shaped with age.

Patriot Elm
Ulmus
'Patriot'

50 x 40

fall color

Larger form Asian elm cultivar with moderate growth rate, dark green leaves, exceptional yellow fall foliage. Drought, pest and Dutch elm disease resistant.

Fir

   

 

Grand Fir
Abies grandis

80 x 25

native
evergreen
wildlife
part shade

Native that grows well in shade. Crushed needles smell like   tangerines.

Spanish   Fir
Abies pinsapo

50 x 30

evergreen

Slower growing, pyramidal conifer with dark green bristly needles covering branches and twigs for an interesting visual effect.

Ginkgo

   

 

Emperor   Ginkgo biloba
Ginkgo biloba
'Emperor'
  
Presidential   Gold®  Ginkgo biloba
Ginkgo biloba
'The President'

50 x 40

fall color

Slow growing but unique and elegant tree with golden yellow fall   color. These fruitless cultivars are the right size for larger planting  strips. 

Hackberry

   

 

Hackberry
Celtis occidentalis

50 x 45

wildlife
fall color
unique bark

Faster growing and adaptable to poor soil conditions. Yellow fall   color and interesting rough corky bark with age.

Hemlock

   

 

Western Hemlock
Tsuga heterophylla

80 x 30

native
evergreen

Native with moderate growth rate. Needles have a graceful, feathery quality. Sensitive to heat and drought. Well suited for a shady location.

Incense Cedar

   

 

Incense Cedar
Calocedrus decurrens

60 x 20

evergreen

Aromatic evergreen conifer with a naturally narrow form. Grows best in full sun with well drained soil.

Katsura

   

 

Katsura
Cercidiphyllum japonicum

50 x 30

fall color
part shade

Heart shaped leaves turn gold, orange, red and smell like cotton   candy in the fall. Fares better with moist, well drained soil and a site with partial shade as bark is susceptible to sunscald. 

Magnolia

   

 

Cucumber Magnolia
Magnolia acuminata

50 x 40

 

Fast growing, large-form stately magnolia with creamy yellow flowers. Requires ample growing space.

Myrtle

   

 

Oregon Myrtle
Umbellularia californica

60 x 60

evergreen
wildlife

Broadleaf evergreen with bay-like scent. Native to southern Oregon.

Oak

   

 

Sawtooth Oak
Quercus acutissima

50 x 40

wildlife
fall color

Fast growing oak with uniquely shaped shiny green leaves turning yellows in the fall. 

Swamp White Oak
Quercus bicolor

60 x 50

wildlife

Moderate growing oak with leaves turning yellow, bronze, and red in the fall. Bark becomes deeply furrowed with age.

Canyon Live Oak
Quercus chrysolepis

55 x 30

evergreen
wildlife

Faster growing, evergreen oak with excellent drought resistance.

Scarlet Oak
Quercus coccinea

60 x 45

wildlife
fall color

Slower growing oak which displays brilliant shades of bright scarlet fall color.

Oregon White Oak
Quercus garryana

65 x 45

native
wildlife

Native, slow-growing oak which eventually develops a capacious crown and a stately presence. 

Holly Oak
Quercus ilex

50 x 50

evergreen
wildlife

Faster growing evergreen oak with holly-like leaves and excellent  drought tolerance.

California Black Oak
Quercus kelloggii

60 x 45

wildlife
fall color

Faster growing oak with golden fall color.

Valley Oak
Quercus lobata

50 x 40

wildlife

Large, spreading canopy and picturesque twisting limbs.

Bur Oak
Quercus macrocarpa

70 x 45

wildlife

Faster growing with dark green foliage.

Willow Oak
Quercus phellos

50 x 40

wildlife
fall color

Faster growing with bronze fall foliage.

Red Oak
Quercus rubra

50 x 45

wildlife
fall color

Faster growing with impressively red fall foliage.

Shumard Oak
Quercus shumardii

75 x 55

wildlife
fall color

Faster growing with red, copper, bronze fall foliage.

Cork Oak
Quercus suber

60 x 60

evergreen
wildlife

Fast growing evergreen oak with thick, corky bark.

Southern Live Oak
Quercus virginiana

70 x 70

evergreen
wildlife

Majestic, long-lived evergreen tree.

Interior Live Oak
Quercus wislizenii

50 x 40

evergreen
wildlife

Evergreen, slow growing, heat and drought tolerant.

Pagodatree

   

 

Japanese Pagodatree
Styphnolobium japonicum

65 x 40

wildlife
flowers

Faster growing when young. Attractive compound foliage and fragrant late summer flowers.

Pine

   

 

Bosnian Pine
Pinus heldreichii (Pinus leucodermis)

65 x 30

evergreen
wildlife

Larger form, slow growing pine with dark green foliage and cones that are purple when young.

Planetree

   

 

Bloodgood London Planetree
Platanus
xacerifolia 'Bloodgood' 
  
Columbia London Planetree
Platanus
xacerifolia 'Columbia'
  
Liberty London Planetree
Platanus xacerifolia 'Liberty' 
  
Exclamation™ London Planetree
Platanus xacerifolia 'Morton Circle'
  
Yarwood London Planetree
Platanus
xacerifolia 'Yarwood'

55 x 40

unique bark

Fast growing with a stout trunk displaying bark peeling in colorful   patches of cream, brown and grey. These cultivars are anthracnose resistant. Requires ample growing space from root to shoot.

Redwood

   

 

Dawn Redwood
Metasequoia glyptostroboides

75 x 30

fall color

Deciduous relative to coast redwood. Needles turn yellow to orange before dropping in the fall.

Coast Redwood
Sequoia sempervirens

100 x 30

evergreen
unique bark

Native to southern Oregon and Northern California. Has deep green needles and a soft spongy red bark. Needs ample growing space.

Giant Sequoia
Sequoiadendron giganteum

80 x 50

evergreen
unique bark

Very fast growing conifer with bluish-green awl shaped needles and thick spongy bark. Trunk will grow very wide. Only plant in sites 12 feet wide or more. 

Tuliptree

   

 

Tuliptree
Liriodendron tulipifera

70 x 40

fall color

Large, strong, fast-growing tree with bright green tulip shaped   leaves, bright yellow flowers and deep yellow fall colors. 

Walnut

   

 

English Walnut
Juglans regia
'Carpathian'

50 x 50

wildlife
unique bark

A noble tree with distinctive silver-grey bark, aromatic leaves, and edible nuts. 

Western redcedar

   

 

Western Redcedar
Thuja plicata

70 x 25

native
evergreen
wildlife
unique bark
part shade

Native, elegant conifer with distinctive reddish bark and a moderate growth rate. Water throughout summer to avoid drought stress- even for well established trees.