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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Spring Flowering Trees!
In the interest of increasing biodiversity and thus resilience to disease, the Sunnyside Street Tree Team, as part of Arbor Month celebrations in 2015, developed a Spring Flowering Tree Handout. It includes tree walks (East and West of Cesar Chavez Blvd) of specimens within the neighborhood and associated tree information that can be enjoyed all season. The list provides attractive alternatives to the many Rose (Cherry, Pear, Plum) family of flowering trees so prevalent on our streets today (See Cherry Walk below).
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 handout. Email 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.
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
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.