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7 Common Portland Trees to Add to Your Yard This Summer

Did you know that trees are required in Portland? There are a number of tree density requirements set by the city of Portland, depending on the situation of your property. That’s why Mr. Tree Services is here to help you. If you do not have any trees in your yard just yet, or you need (or want!) more, summer may be the perfect time for you to plant some.

Are you unsure of where to start or which trees you should be looking at? There are so many different species of trees out there so we can understand that it can be overwhelming. That’s why we are here to help you. Here are seven common Portland trees for you to add to your yard this summer.


Does your house get hot during the summer months? Then a dogwood tree may be the best choice for your Portland trees. That’s because dogwood trees are fantastic shade trees, as most of them grow from 20 to 30 feet tall.

The Pacific dogwood, in particular, is native to this area. They grow throughout the Pacific Northwest and are extremely common. These trees thrive best in partial sun.

If you add them to your yard in the summer, you’ll need to have a bit of patience, as dogwood trees bloom during the springtime. By April or May of next year, you’ll be able to fully enjoy the beauty of your tree’s flowers.

Japanese Maple


If you’re looking for a tree to add an elegant and unique complement to your yard, the Japanese maple is the one for you. These trees are well-known for their noticeable shape and colorful leaves. They can grow well both near your home and in areas of partial shade.

There are many different varieties of Japanese maples. That means, you’re able to choose the size and type you prefer or that will grow best in your yard. For instance, if your yard is smaller, you can choose a variety that looks more like a shrub. If you have a larger yard, you can choose a larger variety. However, most Japanese maple trees don’t grow that tall, to begin with.

Cherry Tree

Do you and your family love cherries? Why not grow your own in your yard then? In addition to producing cherries, cherry trees will allow you to bring a splash of color to your home. During the spring months, these trees bloom pink flowers, drawing more attention to your yard.

Cherry trees also require minimal care, making them good starter trees if they’re your first. They’ll also provide your yard with shade, which is definitely beneficial for you and your family during the warmer summer months.

Crabapple Tree

Crabapple trees can come in either ornamental or edible species, meaning you can choose whether you want fruit in your yard. If you opt for the variety that produces fruit, the crabapples can be made into pastries, preserves, and so on. If you opt for the variety that does not produce fruit, that’s okay too. On the ornamental species of crabapple trees, the fruit is either smaller or nonexistent.

Crabapple trees bloom in the spring, and these blooms last for weeks. These flowers attract pollinating bees, making your yard even more ready for summer.

Tulip Tree

Are you looking for more of a romantic-looking tree? The tulip tree is one you should look into. These trees have tulip-shaped flowers that blossom in the springtime. Then, during the summer months, they are one of the best shade trees you can have in your yard. This is because they grow large and high—as tall as 80 to 100 feet. If you’re looking to plant a tree and have it grow more quickly than most, the tulip tree is a great option, as they grow more than two feet per year.

Tulip trees are the perfect tree for you to put a chair or two under and simply sit outside, enjoying the fresh air and the warmth during the summer.


The serviceberry tree is another tree that’s native to Oregon as well. If your yard is small, this is a great option for you, as it’s more shrub-like, meaning it fits well in smaller spaces. This is a good Portland tree to plant in the summer, as during the summer, blue-purple berries begin growing on the tree. These berries are edible and taste similar to blueberries once ripe.

Serviceberry trees will also attract wildlife to your yard. Birds enjoy the berries and butterflies enjoy the nectar from the white flowers.


If your Portland home is alone the forest edge, the thimbleberry tree is a great choice for you. The flowers that bloom on these trees are large and white and then turn into bright red berries. These berries are edible, but they’re coarse and seedy. They do dry out fast, meaning that if you want to eat them, you cannot let them sit on the tree for long.

These trees are a great choice if your yard is smaller, as they only reach about 4 to 8 feet tall and 120 to 240 centimeters wide.

The above seven trees are common Portland trees that are great for you to add to your yard this summer. They’re not the only trees that will thrive in your yard, but they are a good place to start. If you are still unsure which tree would work best in your yard, give us a call. We’ll be happy to talk more with you. We can take a look at your yard and offer you our advice as to which species of tree would be the best asset.

Note that there are some trees that you aren’t allowed to plant in Portland, which is important for you to know as well. You don’t want to accidentally plant these trees and cause environmental damage.