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Oregon Arbor Week

April 4, 2018 By ,

National Arbor Day is celebrated throughout the country on the last Friday in April as a way to recognize the beauty and benefits of trees in our communities. In Oregon, we love trees so much, that we have committed the entire first week of April to tree celebration! From art contests to nature walks to nature crafting, local communities engage... Read More

Arborist Partner of Friends of Trees

March 26, 2018 By ,

On a recent rare sunny winter day, For The Love Of Trees teamed up with Friends of Trees to plant native trees and shrubs along the Tualatin river. This project was designed to improve water quality and habitat. Dozens of community members turned out to plant several species under the guidance of the volunteer crew leaders. After breakfast treats and... Read More

Tree Anatomy: Growth Buds

March 14, 2018 By , ,

After a long, dark winter, the swelling buds on bare branches foretell the coming of an eagerly anticipated spring for many Portland area residents.  A bud is an undeveloped part of the plant.  Flower buds become blossoms, whereas growth buds develop into shoots. Growth buds are the teardrop-shaped parts of the tree where new growth occurs.  A branch grows longer... Read More

Tree Anatomy: Bark

January 25, 2018 By

Now that the leaves have fallen from deciduous trees, this is a great time to admire an often-overlooked part of tree anatomy: the bark. Bark Function Bark serves several crucial functions for the tree. Inner bark transports nutrients throughout the tree. Unintentional girdling of a tree with staking materials or ropes causes severe damage to the tree by preventing this... Read More

Prepare Your Trees For Winter Storms

January 25, 2018 By ,

Portland-area winter storms can bring strong winds, ice and wet snow that take a heavy toll on our urban forest. Strong winds uproot entire trees from rain-saturated soils. Large branches, weighed down by heavy, wet snow break and either fall or are hung up in the canopy. More pliant trees and shrubs bend low to the ground under the weight... Read More

Fall is Container Tree Planting Season

November 8, 2017 By ,

A Chinese proverb says “The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The next best time is now.” Trees shade your home, beautify the landscape, prevent soil erosion and increase property values. It takes many years for a tree to mature, so planting a tree now is a long-term investment in your home, community and environment. Planting... Read More

Seasonal Tree Care Tips: Fall

October 23, 2017 By

Below are the fall tree care recommendations from For The Love Of Trees’ staff of ISA (International Society of Arboriculture) Certified Arborists. Remove dead or diseased wood before the winter storm season sets in. Dead wood is easier to identify when the leaves are still on deciduous trees because dead wood does not produce leaves. Clearance prune trees while the... Read More

Tree Anatomy: Fruit

September 22, 2017 By

Many of the fruit trees in our area are laden with fruit at this time of year.  These fruit are the seed-containing ripened carpels (ovule and ovary) of the fertilized spring flowers.  Some fruit, such as the apple, include other flower parts as well.  After the flower is fertilized, the resulting developing seeds emit a growth hormone that causes the... Read More

Tree Appreciation: Oregon Heritage Tree Program

December 9, 2015 By

By the time Oregon became a United States territory in 1848, the huge Oregon white oak (Quercus garryana) growing in today’s Oregon Garden in Silverton was already over 200 years old.  The ‘Waldo Tree’ is a mountain hemlock (Tsuga mertensiana) growing at Island Lake near Klamath Falls. It was carved in the late 1800s by a group of dedicated conservationists who lobbied for... Read More