Top trees for Portland landscaping

May 7, 2013 12:00 am dogwood

There are so many beautiful options when adding a tree to your yard. But there is a lot to consider; leaf color, bloom time, height, spread, and persistence. We want to help you choose what is best for you, so our landscape design team put together a list of top trees to consider when landscaping your Portland yard.

Pink flowering dogwood (Cornus florida ‘Cherokee Brave’) – This tree is a fantastic focal point specimen giving a spectacular show of pink flowers before the leaves emerge in the spring. The dogwood attracts birds and butterflies making it a great tree to plant near the back patio for viewing. It does well in full sun or part shade, growing anywhere from 15’ – 30’ tall.

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(‘Cherokee brave’ dogwood)

Tri-Color Beech (Fagus sylvatica ‘Roseo-marginata’) – With it’s gorgeous architectural form and branching habit, this tree is a great pick for Portland landscaping. It has good form and also striking burgundy leaves with pink leaf margins, bringing interest in both form and color. The beech is a deciduous tree typically growing to 50’ feet tall.

Paperbark Maple (Acer griseum) – This maple is a lovely multi-stemmed tree with exfoliating reddish bark, making it a wonderful specimen in all seasons. It also has fantastic fall color. The Paperback maple does well in full sun to part shade, is low maintenance, and grows to about 25’ tall.

Quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides) – If you are looking for unbelievable color and audible foliage interest (you can hear it “quake” when the wind blows), this is your tree. The quaking aspen has stunning fall leaf colors which accent its smooth cream-colored bark on its long and narrow trunk. This deciduous tree typically grows 40’ – 50’ with a narrow 25’ spread.


(Quaking aspen in the fall)

Vanderwolf Pine (Pinus flexilis ‘Vanderwolfs Pyramid’) – This is a great medium stature conifer. The needles have white stripes & are a bit contorted which give the tree a unique look. This evergreen pine thrives in full sun and grows to about 25’.

Prairiefire Crabapple (Malus ‘Prairiefire’) – The crabapple is a favorite in Portland landscaping because of its early Spring pink bloom. It is a great tree with gorgeous medium pink flowers in spring, and burgundy tinged leaves. It is hardy and trouble-free, growing to about 20’ tall and wide.

Mt Fuji Flowering Cherry (Prunus ‘Shirotae’) – The Mt Fuji is another great specimen for flowering interest with its clusters of fragrant white flowers in the Spring. It is a wonderful pick as a shade tree, thriving in full sun growing about 20’ tall and 25’ wide.


(Mt Fuji flowering cherry)

For more suggestions, stop by to our Garden Center and ask our professionals to find out which trees would best flourish in your environment! We are happy to help you find the right trees for your landscape.

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