Visitors to the Northwest will often marvel at how green it is here. Magnificent trees will stretch their great boughs skyward, seemingly oblivious that they’ve taken root in a densely populated urban area. There’s a reason we’re so fortunate to have such amazing Portland trees: we protect them.
Nearly 300 “Heritage Trees” stand tall throughout Portland. Anyone can nominate a tree for this special status. Once granted, it becomes unlawful (without prior written consent) to remove, destroy, cut, prune, break or injure any designated Heritage Tree. Even trees on private property can be nominated with permission from the landowner and this consent binds all successors and heirs.
SW Main St and SW Jefferson St
American elm (Ulmus americana)
Height 78 ft
Spread 105 ft
Circumference 12.17 ft
No matter where you are in the city, one of these proud trees likely lives nearby. Want to find an epic Heritage Tree? There’s a free iPhone app for that. You can learn more about it here.
There’s even a handy Portland Heritage Guidebook you can check out online or right-click and save for later viewing.
And for good measure, here’s an interactive map:
Get out there and explore Portland’s glorious Heritage Trees!