Hoyt Arboretum Friends (HAF) is a membership-based, nonprofit organization working in partnership with Portland Parks and Recreation to support Hoyt Arboretum.

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December Highlights

Visitors Center 

Arbutus unedo ‘Compacta’ (Strawberry Tree) 

This evergreen shrub doesn’t bear the same fruit that you would buy at a grocery store, though its fruit is edible! The Strawberry Tree has blooms that show up easily as they are white, urn-shaped, and found in clusters. After the flowers, the red strawberry fruit forms. 

Winter Garden 

Nandina domestica (Heavenly Bamboo) 

Heavenly Bamboo is a great part of our winter garden display! The leaves are coppery in spring, green in the summer, and change to a purplish color in the fall. Following small bursts of white flowers, heavy sprays of red berries form, and stay on until the spring, adding an excellent winter interest!

Cherry Trail

Prunus serrula (Birch-Bark Cherry)

The main attraction of the Birch-Bark Cherry can be clearly seen during the winter months. Named after the Birch trees, the Birch-Bark Cherry has a glossy deep mahogany red bark, which when young has lenticels, and when older has parts that are peeling. A truly unique Cherry tree!

Vietnam Memorial

Disanthus cercidifolius

Another late season blooming plant! Disanthus cercidifolius is a slender-branched and deciduous shrub, with rounded blue-green foliage that turns a variety of colors in the fall. It has very small and interesting flowers that are slightly aromatic and dark purple in color, and they precede small seed capsules that ripen in fall the year after flowering.