Trees at Portland Nursery
“There is always music amongst the trees in the Garden, but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it.” - Minnie Aumonier
We love trees at Portland Nursery. There are so many good reasons to plant them. Trees provide privacy, prop up hammocks, protect rivers and streams and house wildlife; not to mention the undeniable beauty of their spring flowers and glowing fall colors.
Trees are versatile as well, with so many sizes and shapes available. Grow a dwarf Japanese maple in a container, shade the house with a majestic Ginkgo, and feature a weeping Crabapple for spring flowers and tiny apples that feed birds in winter
Why plant trees?
There are so many good reasons to plant trees. Trees provide privacy, prop up hammocks, protect rivers and streams and house wildlife; not to mention the undeniable beauty of their spring flowers and glowing fall colors.
Trees are versatile as well, with so many sizes and shapes available. Grow a dwarf Japanese maple in a container, shade the house with a majestic Ginkgo, and feature a weeping Crabapple for spring flowers and tiny apples that feed birds in winter.
Tree Selection Guides
Choosing the right tree is a big deal. In the right place, trees are shade and beauty, but in the wrong place they are headaches, sore backs and empty pocketbooks.
Use our Tree Selection Guide and follow a few simple guidelines to help you choose trees that accent your life.
Conifers serve faithfully as the 'bones' of the garden, providing year-round structure and backdrop. They can be the star of the show with wonderful silhouettes, colors and textures.
Deciding on the right ones can be tricky so we’ve compiled a guide to help you make decisions.
Important things to know about miniature conifer selection are growth rate and shape as well as light conditions and needle color.
A wide array of colors and textures but growth so slow that they thrive for years in a pot. Use our Miniature Conifer Guide to help with your selection.
We've created handy guides for selecting trees in different environments. Download here or pick up one in the store!
You'll find all our featured trees for standards and natives in our Photo Guides with many of our favorites (but not all we carry!)
We've created helpful guides to get you on your way with pruning your trees.
Street trees are trees planted in parking strips, the area between sidewalk and street.
Choosing the right one is a big decision and the City of Portland offers lists of suggested trees to help you narrow the possibilities.
Street tree lists are set based on the width of the parking strip and whether or not power-lines are present. Portland Nursery carries most trees on the lists but caliper is usually 1 inch to 1 ½ inches instead of the 2" that is preferred by the city.
Tree availability is seasonal with early spring offering the largest selection.
Follow this link to learn about permits & procedures for street tree planting or removal.
Special Tree Features
Portlanders are lucky to live in a city with so much green space. Our combination of rivers, parks and mild climate allows Portland to host a vast array of birds and wildlife, and many will visit or even nest in local yards given a few simple provisions.
Create a Bird Haven with attention to the three basics needed for a safe haven for birds: Cover, Food and Water.
Every fall, our Maples show us why we planted them! Many have already given us a glimpse of things to come with bright new leaves in spring.
But fall is what we’ve been waiting for. Because in fall, like jewels in our collective crown, they brighten everything with gold, crimson, orange, pink and purple. Here are some we find particularly spectacular.
Each month since 2007, our Tree and Shrub Buyer has headed out to the yard to find an in-season tree or shrub to feature. On a glorious, cool morning in 2013, Stephanie was on the lookout for something very particular.
She looked for the inspiring, without which, the article might never be finished. See what she found!
City of Portland Treebate
Did you know that the City of Portland will reimburse you for part of the cost when you plant a tree in your yard? Treebate is a seasonal program available between September 1 and April 30 of the following year to coincide with the best time of the year to plant.
Just follow the few simple guidelines found here.
Every tree planted in Portland contributes to clean rivers and healthy watersheds. Plant an eligible tree on a residential property between September 1 and April 30 of the following year and Environmental Services will credit your city water/sewer utility bill for half the purchase price.
How to Get Your Treebate
- Purchase a tree between October 1 and April 30 of the following year*
- Plant it in your Portland residential yard. Complete and submit a Treebate form by April 30 - include the tree purchase receipt with the purchase price circled
- Receive a credit on your city water/sewer utility bill
If you plant a tree on a residential property, Environmental Services will credit your city water/sewer utility bill for half the purchase price per tree up to $15 (small), $25 (medium) or $50 (large) depending on mature tree size and storm-water management potential.