Sunnyside Street Tree Team (S2T2)

Welcome.  Our mission is to create a more diverse, healthy, well-maintained urban canopy in all parts of our Sunnyside neighborhood. We partner with the Sunnyside Neighborhood Association (SNA), Friends of Trees (FOT), and Urban Forestry (Portland Parks and Recreation).  Read our Brochure for more information.

Join our Monthly Meetings ! Every 3rd Thursday, 7pm, Fred Meyer Deli:  3805 SE Hawthorne Blvd  Portland, OR 97214 / email:


Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima) Inventory/Information Project

The Sunnyside Street Tree Team is inventorying the neighborhood for Tree Of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima). This tree grows fast, spreads prolifically, crowds out native and garden plants and damages foundations, sidewalks and sewers.  Dig out this quick grower while young, as removal of mature trees is best done by an arborist to avoid aggressive re-sprouting. Between June and September 2014, the tree team will be identifying these trees and leaving information for residents or businesses (where tree is visible from the sidewalk).  For more information, see the July 2014 neighborhood newsletter article, and Tree-of-heaven handoutEmail us if you have questions or would like to volunteer.


Here‘s an interesting article on efforts by Vancouver, BC Urban Forestry Commission to remove Tree of Heaven.


Which tree should I plant?  If you would like some guidance on what to plant here in Sunnyside, our team has created a series of lists based on what trees would be a good match to our current neighborhood inventory.  We strive to add trees that will balance out the range and diversity of species to create a healthier canopy.Our guides are in .pdf form. They are grouped according to the width of your planting strip – the distance between your sidewalk and curb.  The other factor is whether you have high voltage power lines over your planting strip.  

Planting Strip 2.5-3 ft wide

Planting Strip 3-3.5 feet wide

Planting strip 4-5.5 feet wide no wires  /  Planting Strip 4-5.5 ft wide with wires

Planting strip 6-8 ft wide no wires  /  Planting Strip 6-8 ft wide with wires

Planting strip 8.5 ft. or more no wires  /  Planting strip 8.5 ft or more with wires




Gregg Everhart of our S2T2 team has created two interactive maps that highlight trees with strong fall color characteristics.  Click on the links below to see the Google Maps based tours:
Sunnyside Fall Color Street Tree Tour
Richmond Plus Fall Color Street Tree Tour

For those who prefer this information in table format there are two pdf files available:
Sunnyside fall color tour list with locations
Sunnyside trees with fall color by common name

And here’s a great Oregonian Article on how to ‘read the leaves’ (fall colors).


Winter Interest Tree Tour

Once the leaves fall it’s a great time to admire the structure of street trees, or admire evergreens during the winter months.  Also a great way to preview trees on our recommended list for new street trees.

Sunnyside Trees – Winter Interest Tour (Google Maps)

Near Sunnyside Trees – Winter Interest Tour (Google Maps)

Sunnyside winter interest tour (excel format)


Spring Tree Tour (Easter is peak bloom)  Cherry Tree Walk Route, Handout, & Tree Map

S2T2 Recommended Flowering Tree List

CherryFlyerSunnyside Cherry Walk, April 13, 2014.

5 thoughts on “Sunnyside Street Tree Team (S2T2)

  1. Pingback: Trees to Enjoy in Winter | Sunnyside Neighborhood Portland

    • Amy: The Edith Bogue Magnolia is evergreen, although it has large oval leaves instead of needles like a Douglas fir or another native conifer. You might visit the one on tour and see if it appeals. The large white flowers and later large “fruit” are quite attractive. If you are willing to try something not on the list, you can ask Portland Parks Urban Forestry for some suggestions. I would suggest some research on Hogan Cedar (a shorter more narrow native conifer) or perhaps Olive tree. There are also a couple of Chinese evergreen oak(Quercus myrsinifolia) near me that were probably permitted and are in a more narrow strip. has the current lists although I believe they are being updated soon. Good luck! Gregg

  2. Thank you street tree team for all your hard work!
    Would it be possible to encourage & support the planting of native species where at all possible in Sunnyside? This seems like such an important step in helping to restore damage to our ecosystem.

    Along this line, could you list native Serviceberry under flowering trees, under fall color, & under trees for narrow parking strips? When I first moved into my house in 1989, Friends of trees recommended native variety of service berry for my narrow parking strips. I’ve been delighted with them ever since. (They were pruned when young so that when I planted them they grew into trees, not bushes). They are covered in white flowers in spring & lovely leaves in fall. Best of all they are covered in delicious berries that My neighbors & I can eat in summer, & which attract a gorgeous flock of cedar waxwings for a couple if weeks in late spring!!

    Thank you for considering my suggestions.

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