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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.

Follow a few simple guidelines to help you choose trees that accent your life.

The Right Place

Take a few important steps before heading to the nursery. Observe your yard and decide on a planting site before shopping.

  • Utility Lines – Call the Oregon Utility Notification Center (503) 246–6699 before digging to check for underground utility lines.
  • Light – Observe light patterns in potential planting areas throughout the day. Pay attention to the direction the site is facing and to existing structures or trees that provide shade.
  • Space – trees should be planted 10 – 15 ’ away from the house and 5 ’ away from patios or fences.
  • Privacy – Consider areas where you prefer more privacy and more openness.
  • Existing plantings – If the area where a tree is being planted has existing plantings, the new additions to the bed should share the same water needs. Drought tolerant plants go together – water dependent plants go together.
  • Make Notes & Take Photos! – All of this information is important to the nurseryman who may help in making your tree choice, so gather it together and bring it when you shop.

The Right Tree

There are a number of things to consider when making a tree selection. Answering these questions will help to narrow your choice.


Evergreen or deciduous

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Evergreen trees keep their leaves or needles during winter. Conifers are evergreen trees with needles or scales for leaves. Broad–leaf evergreens are trees such as Madrone or Southern Magnolia that keep their leaves year round but don’t have needles.

For help with Conifer Selection, link to our Conifer Guide.


Deciduous trees lose leaves in winter. Many have leaves that turn bright (Stewartia psuedocamellia shown here) colors before they fall off. They are ideal for planting on the south or west side of a house. Light warms the house in winter and the tree shades the house in summer.

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Size & Shape

Tree Shape

Trees come in many shapes and sizes. Pyramid, lollipop, column, oval, vase & weeping are the most common shapes.


Flowers, Fall Color & Winter Interest

Flowering trees are wonderful additions to the landscape adding large-scale color during bloom–time.

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Dogwoods (Cornus), Redbuds (Cercis), Flowering Cherries (Prunus) & Magnolias are all lovely choices.

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Maples (Acer) warm the skies in fall with a range of unbeatable glowing colors, as do Crape Myrtles (tree-guide), Redbuds (Cercis) and Ginkgoes. Coral Bark Maple (Acer palmatum ‘Sango Kaku’).

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Himalayan Birch (Betula jacquemontii) and Birchbark Cherry (Prunus serrulata) have interesting bark in winter. Many trees hold fruit into winter and provide food for wildlife.

Find the best Trees for your Garden

We carry a wide variety of trees year-round. These represent only a fraction of what you will find and are some of our favorites. Note: Viewing a Native Plant will take you into our Native Plant section.

Trees

Abies: The Fir Tree

Natives

Native Abies: Native Fir

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Native Acer Circinatum:

Vine Maple
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Acers for Fall Color

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Acer palmatum: Japanese Maple

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Bird Haven

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Cercis: Redbud

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Conifers

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Cornus: Dogwood

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Cryptomeria: Japanese Cedar

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Fruit Trees

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Ginkgo: Maidenhair Tree

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Heptacodium: Seven Sons Flower

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Lagerstroemia: Crape Myrtle

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Larix: Larch Tree

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Magnolia Trees

Natives

Malus fusca

Western Crabapple
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Miniature Conifers

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Oxydendrum: The Sourwood Tree

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Picea: The Spruce Tree

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Pinus: Native Pine

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Planting Tips

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Pruning Guide

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Prunus: Cherries &
their Prunus relatives

Natives

Quercus: Garry Oak

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Salix: Willow

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Stewartia

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Styrax: Japanese Snowbell

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Tree Selection Guide