Eastmoreland Neighborhood AssociationStreet Trees, Eastmoreland Neighborhood, Portland, Oregon

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Information about individual street trees can be located in the listing or by placing the cursor over a green map symbol. The basis for the list and map is the 2011 street tree inventory initiated by Portland Parks & Recreation, Urban Forestry (UF) and carried out by UF staff and many volunteers. The inventory was updated with new trees and removals in late summer, 2014. We intend to update the list periodically with new trees, planting and removal years, and condition ratings. The Tree ID is the unique identifier for the tree in UF's geographic information system. More information about Urban Forestry's street tree inventory project is available here.

Listing

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You can reduce the number of listed trees by specifying any part of the address or common name. For example, entering "34th" in the Address field and "dog" in the Common Name field will reduce the list to all dogwoods associated with houses on SE 34th Ave. Wires refers to overhead high voltage lines -- look for transformers and ceramic insulators connected to the top wire(s).

By default, the trees are listed ordered by address. You can change the ordering, ascending or descending by clicking on the column headings. If our information is incorrect, please take note of the Tree ID and send us a message by means of the Help Us tab.


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Check the "Rating Trees" tab on this website for more information about rating the condition of our trees.
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When we have counted tree rings, usually in a stump, the Planted year yields the inferred age of the tree rather than the time since the tree was planted. Ring counts tend to err on the low side; differentiating rings in periods of low growth can be difficult.

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Place the mouse cursor over trees (solid green symbols) for additional information. Available slots for new trees, determined by Urban Forestry in 2011, and trees that have been removed since 2011 and, as yet to our knowledge not replaced, are indicated by black squares. Please send updates to us by means of the Help Us tab. Thanks


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Most of the trees responsible for our shady streets and sidewalks are American elms and Norway maples planted by the original developers early in the 20th century. The remaining American elms, about 200, are disappearing fairly rapidly despite an inoculation program for Dutch elm disease, and many of the Norway maples, now on the city's nuisance tree list, have been pruned into unnatural shapes due to high-voltage lines.

After much discussion, the Eastmoreland Neighborhood Association (ENA) has endorsed a street-tree plan that retains the historical pattern of different trees on north-south and east-west streets while introducing diversity to insulate the tree population from pests and diseases. The ENA also endorses planting the right tree in the right place. Plant large-canopy wherever possible, wide planting strips and no high-voltage (HV) lines overhead; plant smaller trees in narrower planting strips and under HV lines to avoid utility pruning.

We have provided lists of recommended trees below. These trees, selected from Urban Forestry's tree lists, have been chosen to provide unifying characteristics on N-S and E-W streets. You may notice that elms and maples are missing from the large-canopy tree lists. At present, the neighborhood is overstocked with these species; they may be added back into the mix in the future.

Please help us maintain an abundance of mature trees with shaded streets and sidewalks. Take care of your street trees, plant appropriate trees, and fill those empty spaces. Future residents will be indebted to you just as we are indebted to the original developers of Eastmoreland. Thank you.

Planting Trees

To identify the appropriate tree list below, answer three questions:

  • Will the tree be planted on a N-S or a E-W street?
  • How wide is your planting strip (inside edge of curb to sidewalk)?
  • Are high-voltage lines present? HV lines are always the top wires on the pole and are associated with insulators and transformers. Look at adjacent trees for clearance pruning.

A permit is required when planting a new street tree. An Urban Forestry Tree Inspector will mark the location on the curb and review your tree selection. You can also participate in the annual Friends of Trees planting, usually in early December. Here are some additional resources.

Pruning Trees

The city's website has excellent information on pruning young and mature trees. Any search for information should begin here. The city conducts free workshops in tree care and identification. Check their schedule. Check the events tab above for activities in Eastmoreland. Some of the city's pruning resources are listed below.

Removing & Replanting Trees

If you need advice on the condition of a street tree, you can request a visit by a Urban Forestry Tree Inspector online . You can discuss your options with the inspector. In some instances, you can mitigate the removal instead of replacing the tree. A Removal & Replanting Permit is always required, no exceptions, when removing a street tree.

Annual Elm Inoculation - Saturday, 8:00 am - 1:00 pm, June 4, 2016

We will be inoculating 62 American elms with an EPA registered fungicide, using microinjection units, to help reduce the risk that these trees will be infected with Dutch Elm Disease. Breakfast and lunch included.

Schedule: (tentative)
  • 8:30 - 9:30: Registration, breakfast, and training
  • 9:30 - 12:30: Split into teams and inoculate trees
  • 12:30 - 1:00: Lunch

Where: Meet at 6028 SE Reed College Place

Registration: 8:30 am on June 4th

Questions or to volunteer: Contact Jerry Beatty 503-810-8723, Jeromebeatty9@gmail.com

Decode the Tree code: Tree Removal Workshop - Saturday, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm, May 9, 2015

Heard about the Portland new citywide Tree Code? Wondering how Title 11 impacts tree removal? Join the Eastmoreland Tree Committee and Urban Forestry Tree Inspectors for a walk and talk to discuss tree removal permits. Learn when code requires a permit for removal, criteria for removal, replanting requirements, and when permits are denied. Tree protection and removal during development will also be covered. This event will be held outdoors and will look at specific examples.

Where: Berkeley Park SE 39th Ave and SE Bybee Blvd

Registration: Register online here Space is limited to 25 participants

Questions: Contact Elizabeth Specht 503-260-5876, Elizabeth.Specht@PortlandOregon.gov

Pruning Workshop - Saturday, 8:30 am - noon, April 4, 2015 - Berkeley Park

Meet at Berkeley Park to learn pruning basics from an ISA certified arorist. Prune street trees in groups of 4-5 people. Have fun, meet fellow tree enthusiasts, and make a difference.

Schedule:
  • 8:30 - 9:00: Registration
  • 9:00 - 9:45: Pruning lesson and splitting up into teams
  • 10:00 - Noon: Teams head off to assigned sections and prune tagged Trees
  • Noon: All volunteers return to Berkeley Park

Registration: Register online here

Questions: Contact Elizabeth Specht 503-260-5876, Elizabeth.Specht@PortlandOregon.gov

Great opportunity for planting trees this fall — Friends of Trees Planting Dec. 13, 2015 — $25 per tree!

2014 Eastmoreland Street Tree List — The Rationale: Make it Simple and Increase Diversity

This year Friends of Trees celebrates their 25th Anniversary, and 17 years have passed since Eastmoreland’s first Friends of Trees Planting in 1997. That first planting offered a simple choice — plant an elm or a maple — and resulted in around 90 new trees planted. We would like to provide that kind of simple choice again AND increase the species, genus, and family diversity in the neighborhood street tree population.

We know increasing the diversity of our street tree canopy means meeting a moving target over time; but nonetheless, meeting a target we can define each year. Ideal diversity is defined by Portland Parks and Recreation’s Urban Forestry Division and other municipal arborists as having no more than 10% of one species, 20% of a single genus, and 30% of a single family in a given street tree population. As we reach targets, we will be changing the recommended list each year.

We know from our 2011 Street Tree Inventory that we have more than enough maples: at around 46 % maples in our street tree population, we exceed genus and family levels, and exceed species levels with our Norway and Silver Maples. We also nearly have reached the species target among elms and lindens. We have reached our family target in the Rosaceae family, which includes many flowering trees.

When you choose a tree from this list, you will be contributing to the resilience of the neighborhood street tree population by increasing its species, genus, and family diversity. Descriptions of these trees and others on the current Friends of Trees list can be found here.

2014 Eastmoreland Planting List for December 13th Planting with Friends of Trees
Common Name of TreeGenus, Species (Family)Height x Width
8 foot and wider strip, no high voltage wires
Incense Cedar Calocedrus decurrens (Cupressaceae) 50x20'
Oregon White Oak Quercus garryana (Fagaceae) 45x50'
Tulip Tree Liriodendron tulipifera (Magnoliaceae) 80x40'
6-8 foot strip, no high voltage wires
Willow Oak Quercus phellos (Fagaceae) 40-60 x 30-40'
Shumard Oak Quercus shumardii (Fagaceae) 50x40'
American Yellowwood Cladastrus kentukea (Fabaceae) 45x40'
4-6 foot, no high voltage wires
Crimson Spire Oak Quercus robur x alba 'Crimschmidt' (Fagaceae) 45x15'
Forest Green Oak Quercus frainetto 'Schmidt' (Fagaceae) 50x30'
American Hop Hornbeam Ostrya virginiana (Betulaceae) 40x25'
2.5-4 foot strip, no high voltage wires
Golden Raindrops Crabapple Malus transitoria 'Schmidtcutleaf' (Rosaceae) 20x15'
Japanese Snowbell Styrax japonica (Styracaceae) 25x25'
8 foot and wider strip with high voltage wires
Lavalle Hawthorne Crategus x lavallei (Rosaceae) 30x20'
Giant Dogwood Cornus controversa 'June Snow' (Cornaceae) 30x40'
6-8 foot strip with high voltage wires
American Hop Hornbeam Ostrya virginiana (Betulaceae) 40x25'
Black Tupelo Nyssa sylvatica (Nyssaaceae)35x25'
Evergreen Magnolia Magnolia grandiflora 'Edith Bogue' (Magnoliaceae) 30x15'
4-6 foot strip with high voltage wires
Evergreen Magnolia Magnolia grandiflora 'Edith Bogue' (Magnoliaceae) 30x15'
Chinese Pistache Pistachia chinensis (Anacardiaceae) 30x30'
2.5-4 foot strip with high voltage wires
Golden Raindrops Crabapple Malus transitoria 'Schmidtcutleaf' (Rosaceae) 20x15'
Japanese Snowbell Styrax japonica (Styracaceae) 25x25'

During the 2011 inventory, volunteers assigned a condition rating (good, fair, poor, dead) to each tree. While the dead rating was almost always obvious, the difference between good and fair, fair and poor was ambiguous. We need a rating system that is simple, repeatable, and informative. So, we developed a method that anyone can apply, is quantitative and repeatable, and gives information about the tree's roots, trunk, and crown.

If we have applied the new rating system and track why individual trees are removed in the future, the new rating system may allow us to predict average risks and useful lifetimes for common tree species in our neighborhood.

Consider rating your own trees to decide whether you may need some professional help.

Tree Condition Rating System
TreeConditionRatingSystem.pdf
Tree Condition Rating Data Sheet
TreeConditionRatingDataSheet.pdf

Eastmoreland Mature Tree Condition Rating System

Tree condition is characterized according to three attributes:

  1. Where - location of sign or symptom of damage on the tree. Location is the beginning point for the condition rating process.
  2. What - type of damage, which includes identifying signs and symptoms of damage.
  3. How much - how severe is the damage. Record most severe damage seen.

Signs are physical evidence of the damaging agent, such as wounds, conks, punky wood, cracks, and broken branches.

  • Wound is an opening or series of openings where bark has been removed or the inner wood has been exposed and no signs of advanced decay are present.
  • Decay is degraded wood that has lost its structural strength; often stringy or punky.
  • "Punky wood" is a sign of decay and is evidenced by soft, often moist, degraded tissue.
  • Conks are the perennial fruiting body of wood - rooting fungi.
  • Cavities are holes in the tree body. Cavities into the main bole that are oriented in such a way that they act as catchment basins for water are signs of decay.
  • Root heaving is when roots are broken or pulled out of the ground by leaning tree.

Symptoms are the reaction of the tree to the damaging agent such as:

  • Cankers (sunken, dead cortical material),
  • Galls (swelling or outgrowth of tissue),
  • Small and discolored foliage (determined by comparing to healthy tree of same species),
  • Unbalanced crown (when large branches are on one side of the crown with large angles between branches).
  • Co-dominant stems: 2 or more main stems (or "leaders") that are about the same diameter and emerge from the same location on the main trunk. Included bark is where the stems have grown together and compress the bark between them. A "V" union is more likely to fail than a "U".

The tree is examined from all sides starting with the roots and root collar. Damage signs and symptoms are prioritized (record the most severe damage seen), based on location in the following order:

  • roots, root collar and any root flare up to where bole begins,
  • bole of tree, from root collar up to base of tree crown (where large branches start),
  • branches and foliage in crown.
The ratings of the most severe damage in each location (0 to 3) are added together to yield the total tree condition rating.

Tree Condition Rating Data Sheet

Eastmoreland Mature Tree Condition Rating Field Data

Tree ID: Date of Inspection:
Species: Inspected by:
DBH: Address:

Divide the tree into three sections, for observation.

  1. Roots, root collar (base of tree), and any root flare up to where bole (trunk) begins.
  2. Bole or trunk of tree, from root collar up to base of crown (where large limbs start).
  3. Crown - majority of large limbs and branches including foliage.

Walk in a circle around the tree, making observations at each location. Estimate the severity of damage according to different thresholds for the signs and symptoms listed below.

Record only the highest number representing your observations and estimates for each location.

A. Roots and root collar up to where root flare ends
  • No damage – Code 0
  • Tree with roots overlapping curb or sidewalk (too large for planting space) – Code 1
  • Any: conk, crack, or wound with decay – Code 2
  • Any: cavity or root heaving or wounds with decay present exceeding 50% of tree circumference – Code 3
B. Bole of tree, up to where large branches start
  • No damage – Code 0
  • Any conk, crack, or wound – Code 1
  • Multiple conks, or any cavity or wound with decay or co-dominant stems with included bark – Code 2
  • Major (big, deep or wide) cavities or wounds with decay or detaching bark present – Code 3
C. Branches and foliage in the crown
  • No damage – Code 0
  • Any indicator or large dead or broken branches, or smaller than normal or discolored foliage – Code 1
  • Any one limb or branch with a major cavity or wound with decay present – Code 2
  • Multiple limbs or branches with cavities or wounds with visible decay – Code 3
Total rating: ________________
Comments:

3/14/2014

Reporting plantings, removals, structural failures, and errors

Almost everyone is curious about the age and longevity of our trees. When were my trees planted? What is the average useful life of this species in a street tree environment? Knowing when trees are planted and removed and knowing when and why structural failures (loss of a 6" diameter limb or worse) occur help us to provide answers to these questions.

The Urban Forestry staff expended considerable effort to ensure that the 2011 street tree inventory was accurate, but we're confident that the inventory contains errors. We want to correct the consequential ones such tree identification, presence of overhead high-voltage lines, tree diameter measurement errors.

Keeping information about our street trees accurate and up-to-date is a difficult task. We need your help so that we can better access how trees fare in the neighborhood. Please notify us by means of the following form. If the notification is about an existing tree, locate it on the map (Tree List & Map tab) and place your mouse cursor over it to get the pop-up dialog with Tree ID. This is the best way to identify the tree unambiguously. Otherwise, use the notification type list and comments box to tell us what you think we should know. It doesn't have to be your tree! Your submission will appear at the top of the list below. We will only use your name, email address, and phone number to follow up if needed. Thank you very much for your help.


Recent Notifications

Address Tree ID Comments Date Added
7634 SE 32ND AVE18789The Tricolorbeech at this address now has a diameter of 2 1/8". Estimated width is 11 feet; estimated height is 18 feet.2016-08-06
3128 SE CLAYBOURNENone2nd elm from corner, Claybourne side, marked for removal due to DED. Has white ring and info sheet. Adjacent trees are also Amer. elms.2016-07-31
SE BYBEE AND CESAR CHAVEZNoneIn May of 2016 the Alex Rovello Memorial Foundation (formed in 2016) signed a ten-year agreement with Portland Parks & Recreation. The foundation's mission is to provide support for the care and preservation of the Alex Rovello Memorial Courts at Berkeley Park and to promote, develop and enhance the lifetime sport of tennis. One of the first items on the agreement was to plant trees along Bybee, which the foundation and the city will care for in partnership. PP&R planted the 7 Lagerstroemia indica x fauriei 'Muskogee' (Muskogee Crape Myrtle) in May 2016.2016-07-27
7700 REED COLLEGE PLACE16827This elm tree is located on SE Lambert St, near the corner with Reed College Place. It is the second tree from the corner, and is a tree that is part of the Duniway School campus. It appears to have some flagging leaves near the eastern side of the tree.2016-07-25
3207 SE CRYSTAL SPRINGS BLVD.30239I forgot to mention at the DBH of the tree is now 1.5", height 8', canopy spread 9'.2016-07-20
3207 SE CRYSTAL SPRINGS BLVD.30240This tree, planted in 2014, was inspected as part of a Friends of Trees program. The tree is dead. This was reported to FOT on 7/16/16. When I drove by the address today (7/20), the tree had been removed.2016-07-20
8012 SE 29TH AVE.30239This tree, planted in 2014, has had its terminal leader topped. This is a rental house, and the property owner topped the tree. I discovered this when monitoring trees for Friends of Trees. FOT has been notified, and a staff person will talk with the property owner. FOT will try to create a new terminal leader for the tree. The tree is also very dry. Leaf edges are brown. Talked with renter regarding importance of watering the tree.2016-07-20
7634 SE 32ND AVE18789We measured current DBH of this tricolored beech. It is 2 1/8" at 6" above the ground.2016-07-09
7634 SE 32ND AVE18788Two things when I enter my phone number, I usually enter without dashes. I did this, and you flagged it as an error. And when I tried to correct my entry, it wouldn't take the dashes I entered.... My husband and I figured the current DBH of the tree. The circumference is 8 feet, which translates to a DBH of 30.6"2016-07-09
6536 SE 34TH AVE215266/23/16 ~9:30am. Dropped ~12" limb onto the sidewalk and street. Rot at top of junction with major limb, but probably not included bark. Dry for several days preceding; rained during the night. Tree inoculated 6/4. Overall, tree still looks reasonably balanced. (Note added to record)2016-06-24
BERKELEY PARK - 3800 BLOCK SE BYBEENone7 new crape myrtle trees on Bybee adjacent to tennis courts. Did not see tags with varietal information.2016-06-10
3108 SE CLAYBOURNE8004Tree failure: codominant stem broke off and fell in the street 2 weeks ago. The remaining tree looks pretty good but it now has a large open wound on the street side of the tree. (Note added to record)2016-06-06
3820 SE GLENWOOD14620Birch removed. Removal/replant permit issued 5/32016, IVR 37852872016-05-11
2740 SE BYBEE BLVD7903Incorrectly identified as a Japanese maple. Should be a Norway maple. (Record corrected)2016-04-29
2740 SE BYBEE BLVD7855Norway maple removed today, 04/28/2016. Removal/replant permit IVR 3791679 issued 04/21/2016 listed on PortlandMaps. (Removal year added to record)2016-04-28
6047 SE 34TH AVE17097Incorrectly identified as a linden. Should be a redbud. (Record corrected)2016-04-11
6020 SE 34TH.14783Tree identified as dying by UF examiner, who then notified the homeowner. Permit issued. (Removal year added to record)2016-04-06
3722 SE HENRY ST12767Plum rated poor in 2011 inventory. Permit IVR 3747968 listed at PortlandMaps. (Removal year added to record)2016-02-26
3310 SE BYBEE BLVD16656American elm is being removed today, 2/24/2016. Removal/replant permit listed on Portland Maps IVR 3735160. (Removal year added to record)2016-02-24
3210 SE WOODSTOCK BLVD13005This tree, a 13.2 DBH plum, was removed sometime in 2014. I don't know if there was a removal permit but it has not been replaced. (Note: There is 3/26/2015 Removal/Replant permit, IVR 3599459, listed for this address, probably this tree, on PortlandMaps.com)2015-12-08
6211 SE 32ND AVENoneAn old Norway maple failed here last year. It has been replaced by 2 dwarf apple trees. Are these the appropriate trees for a wide planting strip with no high voltage lines overhead? Perhaps a large canopy tree such as an oak would have been a better choice.2015-12-03
3440 SE CRYSTAL SPRINGSNoneBoth pear trees removed #16392 and 16393. I don't see a permit listed at portlandmaps.com > Property > Permits/Cases.2015-11-05
7535 SE REED COLLEGE PLACE18801This elm tree was removed by Urban Forestry crew the morning of Sept 1, 2015.2015-09-02
7535 SE REED COLLEGE PLACE18801This tree snapped off 2 to 3 feet above the ground, the afternoon of August 30, 2015. It has been in poor condition when initially added to this database in 2011.2015-08-30
7634 SE 32nd Ave.18788Stub removed in mid May by Hohl Tree Care. Honl Tree Care applied permit for the work from Urban Forestry. This stub was created several years ago due to limb failure during a snow event in the winter of that year.2015-07-17