By Gregg S. Everhart, Landscape Architect, Sunnyside Street Tree Team Member
Winter is a great time to observe and plant trees. Although we often love trees for their flowers, those don’t last long compared to the (seemingly) endless winter. The Sunnyside Street Tree Team (S2T2) has a new list of recommended street trees based on the 2012 inventory. Using the lists of recommended trees will result in a more diverse, healthy, and interesting urban forest.
Listed below is a selection of trees that have evergreen foliage, a particularly graceful overall form, interesting branching structure, colored twigs or buds, and/or unusual bark. Recommended lists of trees, with links to information on each tree, can be found under the S2T2 tab at http://sunnysideneighborhood.wordpress.com/trees/ The website also includes a list of trees at Sunnyside addresses so you can look for them on neighborhood walks. If we resolve some technical issues, there will also be a tour map. Names shown below in bold are trees that are infrequent on Sunnyside streets. Enjoy!
NO OVERHEAD POWER TRANSMISSION LINES
- 2.5-3’ planting strip: Cornelian Cherry Dogwood, Seven Son Flower Tree, Fragrant Snowbell, Snowcone Japanese Snowbell
- 2.5-3.5’ planting strip: Crape Myrtle, Chinese Pistache, Amur maackiai, Golden Glory Cornelian Cherry Dogwood, Japanese Snowbell
- 3-5.5’ planting strip: Cascara, Vanessa Persian Ironwood, Pink Chimes Japanese Snowbell, Japanese Stewartia, Tall (or Orangebark) Stewartia
- 4-5.5’ planting strip: American Hophornbeam
- 4-8.5’ or larger planting strips: Heritage River Birch, Columnar European Hornbeam
- 6’ or larger planting strip: Sourwood, Rivers Purple Beech, Bald Cypress, Frontier Elm, Turkish Filbert, Hackberry, Sunburst Honeylocust, European Hornbeam, Espresso Kentucky Coffee Tree, Burr Oak, Swamp White Oak, Dawn Redwood, Green Vase Zelkova, Village Green Zelkova
OVERHEAD POWER TRANSMISSION LINES (look for ceramic insulators)
- 3-5.5’ planting strip: Chinese Pistache; American Hornbeam; Persian Ironwood; City Sprite Zelkova
- 4-5.5’ planting strip: June Snow Giant Dogwood; Forest Green (or Hungarian) Oak; Moonglow Magnolia
- 4’ or larger planting strip: Crape Myrtle; American Hornbeam; Chinese Dogwood; Chinese Fringetree; Edith Bogue Southern Magnolia
- 6’ or larger planting strip: American Hophornbeam
- 8.5’ or larger planting strip: Sourwood
By Michael Wade
What strange smells propel our faithful 4-legged friends along the paths we walk? There are many we don’t even know are there, among them the sweet odors of pesticides and herbicides. While not usually harmful after they have been applied and dried, when encountered in an active state these substances are linked to a variety of ailments in dogs and should be avoided.
Better yet, don’t use pesticides at all. That is the objective of a contingent of Portlanders in several pesticide-free parks in the city. The Pesticide-Free Parks program, begun several years ago, officially covers five parks. At these parks, under an agreement with the city, citizens weed and mulch for a couple of hours each month to make application of pesticides and herbicides unnecessary. If you walk your dog in Sewallcrest, Lair Hill, Arbor Lodge, Midland, or Hillside parks, your dog is pesticide free (at least while in the park).
The Pesticide-Free Parks volunteers are always looking for help and to expand their reach into other parks. If you would like to connect with them, write to email@example.com or to Steve Pixley of the City of Portland’s Volunteer Services at Steve.Pixley@portlandoregon.gov.
Come on out, meet some great people, and help them make your park Pesticide Free!
By Lee Greer, SNA Emergency Preparedness Committee Co-Chair
This month, instead of a preparedness tip, we have a request. The SNA Emergency Preparedness Committee, together with the Sunnyside Neighborhood Emergency Team, now has a space to store supplies and equipment to use to help our neighbors in an emergency. Now we need supplies and equipment to put in it. Before we look for monetary donations or other funding sources, we are asking Sunnyside residents what kinds of things you can share with us.
Here are some of the things we can use:
- Bungee cords to secure the lids of totes that have already been donate
- Storage shelves
- First aid supplies (Do you have some bandaging material or other supplies left over from a past surgery or illness?)
- Clean 5-gallon buckets and lids for them (these are good for many things, including hauling water and use as toilets)
- Things with wheels that we can use to move things to the staging area: (hand trucks, dollies, garden carts)
- Water containers of a size easy to move when filled
- Hand tools, especially pry bars
- A canopy
- A large tent
- Nylon cord or rope
- And, of course, that all-purpose essential, duct tape (masking tape, too)
Check your garage or basement to see if you have anything you’re not using that you think we might use. If you’re not sure, check with us. You can bring things to a meeting. SNA next meets on November 14 at 7 p.m. at Southeast Uplift, 3534 SE Main Street. The Emergency Preparedness Committee meets on November 18 at 7 p.m. at the Hawthorne Fred Meyer in the deli seating area. Or fill out the form below and we’ll arrange a drop-off or pick-up. Thanks!
Our neighborhood canopy is ablaze in fall color. The Sunnyside Street Tree team has posted new links with Google Maps and addresses showing where the best examples of fall colors are in our neighborhood. Just click on our tab above to access them and lots of other street tree resources.
The Buckman Community Association is hosting a forum about the City’s Comprehensive (Comp) Plan update on Thursday November 14th 7-9pm at 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd. People in Sunnyside and other inner eastside neighborhoods are encouraged to attend.
The upcoming Land Use and Transportation (LUT) meeting, October 14th at 7:30PM (at Southeast Uplift) is one you might want to put on your calendar.
We have requested the developer for the proposed project at 700 SE Cesar Chavez Blvd to follow up on their LUT briefing from last May during the first half hour of the October meeting. David Mullens of Urban Development Group is proposing a 3 story project on SE Cesar Chavez which will include on-site parking. Details reported earlier this year call for 108 units (16 Studio, 74 One Bedroom, and 18 Two Bedroom units) and 40 on site parking spaces.
The second half hour of the October meeting will involve a discussion of land use and transportation aspirations as a lead into the October 17th “neighborhood visioning” event at the Mazamas Mountaineering Center, located at 417 SE 43rd, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Please feel free to contact Dan Rutzick – Chair of the Land Use and Transportation Committee with any questions at sunnysidelut (at) gmail (dot) com