Acer macrophyllum, also known as the Oregon Maple, is widely planted in western
Oregon. This maple is distinguished by its beautiful fall colors of yellow, gold, and copper.
Quercus velutina, a beautiful tall oak, is common to the eastern US, but unusual
in Portland. This particular individual is the largest and healthiest of its kind in the
area and is a designated Portland Heritage Tree.
Settlers planted walnut trees from nuts brought along on the wagon
trains. The thick shells of the Juglans nigra are very hard, but the nuts are yummy.
Sequoia sempervirens is classically associated with the towering forests of Big
Sur. Specially adapted to a coastal climate, the coast redwood's needles condense fog into
Cedrus deodara is a native to the Himalayas, but its soft coniferous form and
color make it a popular tree in Portland and at Reed. Its gracefully nodding tip is easily
recognizible on the skyline.
Pseudotsuge menziesii is the famous symbol
of the Pacific Northwest. This statuesque tree was already a giant in 1915 photos of Reed.
The hawthorne tree at its base was doubtless "planted" by a bird.
Sequoiadendron giganteum, a native of the Sierra Nevadas, nonetheless
thrives in Portland; its pyramidal shape is a familiar silouette around campus. One of
the world's tallest trees, it can reach 325 feet in height.
Ginkgo biloba is little changed since the days of the dinosaurs when its range
covered the temperate world. The fruits of the female tree, said to contain a delicious
nut, are particularly malodorous as they ripen in the fall.
Japanese flowering cherry
Prunus subhirtella 'yedoensis' cherry trees present a lavish display of palest
pink flowers early every spring and remind us all that winter is soon over.
Acer palmatum 'Dissectum' is a beautiful little tree that was probably planted in
1955, when Foster-Scholz was constructed.
London plane tree
Platanus x acerifolia, a fast-growing deciduous tree, can be identified by
its large maple-like leaves and handsome peeling bark. The massive, low branches also make
it a favorite for climbing.
Who knows where the magic comes from...but its there.
Northern Red Oak
Quercus rubra is native to the entire eastern half of the United States except
the deep south. It has large, dense foliage, and it grows to as much as 150 ft. in height.
Leaves are a dark green in the summer and turn a beautiful red in the fall.