Author Archive | Joanie Beldin

” Pink Dawn” Viburnum x bodnantense

A harbinger to early spring, the “Dawn” viburnum is also a good antidote to the winter blahs on a dreary gray sky January day. While all other deciduous trees and shrubs only hint at a sign of life with their tight buds, the viburnum has already burst into clusters of tiny pink flowers blooming on […]

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Vine Maple – Acer circinatum

Adding a decorative understory contrast to our stately tall conifers are the native vine maples.  While vine maples can be single trunked, they more typically are multi-stemmed large shrubs with the telltale maple leaves and elegant tiered branching like that of Japanese maples. In the fall, the vine maple leaves provides a soft yellow glow […]

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Western Red Cedar – Thuja plicata

Known to the native Americans as the “tree of life”, the Western red cedar provided them with virtually everything they needed for their lives. Every part of the tree was used. Tools, baskets and fishtraps were made from the ropey branches, the strong fiber of its roots were woven into hats and headgear, and the […]

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Big Leaf Maple – Acer macrophyllum

Aptly named, the bigleaf maple is not only a large tree, typically growing up to 66 feet, but it’s best known for its spectacularly huge leaves which can grow to be 12 inches across. It has the largest leaves of any maple tree. The largest big leaf maple stood 160 feet high and the largest […]

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Katsura Tree – Cercidiphyllum japonicum

Perhaps the most graceful deciduous tree in the Park is the katsura . Native to China and Japan, the katsura is the Japanese word for “tree”. In the fall, its rounded leaves put on a show as they glow in shades of yellow or pinkish yellow. Some say that when the leaves fall, the tree […]

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Hatchet damage to at least 14 trees!

Since just before Thanksgiving, there have been a rash of hatchet cuttings to at least 14 trees in the park, including one Sequoia, 12 Douglas firs and 1 Birch tree.  Hopefully the trees will heal themselves, but these wounds could be entry points for disease. Please keep you eye open for any suspicious behavior – […]

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Sign the Pier Park restroom petition

A petition calling for new and improved restroom for Pier Park has been launched. Over 10,000 visitors enjoy Pier Park each year … yet our restroom facilities: Have peeling paint and rusting walls Lack hot water for hand washing Are NOT ADA compliant or accessible Too few for the overwhelming amount of visitors they are […]

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Mock Orange shrub – Philadelphus lewisii

One of the loveliest native shrub of the early summer is our native Mock Orange, Philadelphus lewisii with its clusters of showy white flowers. The state flower of Idaho, it was discovered by Merriweather Lewis and gets its common name from the delicious orangey scent that makes it attractive to bees and humans alike. The […]

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Tulip tree – Liriodendron tulipifera

In late May and early June, the tulip trees of Pier Park come into bloom. Few notice these exotic flowers, as they lack the showiness of rhodys and dogwoods and they don’t appear until after the tree has leafed out. It takes a careful glance up and into the branches of the tree to see […]

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Pacific madrona tree – Arbutus menziesii

Stately and sculptural, the madrona is one of the most dramatic and beautiful of Oregon’s native trees. Its reddish bark gradually peels away, revealing the beautiful copper or orange-red color and silky smooth bark beneath. Typically found growing on rocky outcrops and dry bluffs, the Madrona is an unexpected addition to Pier Park. Several madronas […]

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