Categories for Seasonal Spectacles

Stroll Among The Trees and Shrubs at the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden

May 6, 2019 By , , ,

Located just minutes from downtown Portland near Reed College, the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden is a riot of color in the spring. The botanical garden has over nine acres of spectacular specimens of rhododendron and azalea planted alongside Crystal Springs Lake, which is fed by the property’s natural springs. The meandering paths that take you across bridges and alongside waterfalls... Read More

Tree Anatomy: Flowers

April 22, 2019 By , ,

Spring in the Portland area is accented with explosions of color on flowering trees and shrubs such as the flowering cherry, flowering plum, magnolia, and camellia. These tell-tale signs of spring are not only beautiful, they function as the crucial reproductive system of the flowering plants (angiosperms). In angiosperm reproduction, pollen is produced by the male organ and is transferred... Read More

Tree Line

January 14, 2019 By , , ,

The snow-covered peak of Mount Hood dominates the eastern skyline of Portland in the winter. From a distance, it looks as though there is a sharp line above which trees do not grow. The elevation above which trees do not grow is called the tree line and is at about 6,000 feet on Mount Hood, or about the elevation of... Read More

Seasonal Evergreen Foliage Changes

September 27, 2018 By ,

Autumn in the Pacific Northwest is heralded by the bright leaf color change in prominent deciduous tree species. Many Portland area residents are surprised to learn that many evergreen trees also exhibit seasonal change in their foliage at this time of year. Deciduous and evergreen trees have foliage that converts sunlight into energy. Deciduous trees lose all of their leaves... Read More

Fall Foliage

September 24, 2018 By ,

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower” – Albert Camus When the air turns cold and sunlight wanes in the Portland area around the end of September and early October, our hillsides and neighborhoods turn a fiery gold, red and orange as the deciduous trees prepare for the dormant season. As the green chlorophyll fades, the... Read More