white blossoms

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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May Highlights

Cherry Trail

Prunus serrulata ‘Shirofugen’ (Shirofugen Cherry), Prunus serrulata ‘Shogetsu’  (Shogetsu Cherry)

Cornus florida ‘Cherokee Chief’ (Cherokee Chief Dogwood), Cornus florida ‘Pendula’ (Weeping Dogwood),Cornus florida f. Rubra (Pink Flowering Dogwood)

Cercis canadensis (Redbud)

Cercis siliquastrum (judas tree)

Walking down Cherry Trail during May is gorgeous! The Shirofugen Cherry Tree is the last one of the cherries to bloom and it is a beauty to behold with its white/pink petals. Shogetsu Cherry Trees have double white blossoms that emerge late April – May. Also amongst the cherries are some gorgeous Dogwoods, some Redbuds, and the Judas tree. Cherry Trail is a must when coming to Hoyt in May!

Vietnam Memorial

Cornus kousa (Kousa Dogwood) ‘Nana’, ‘Moonbeam’, and ‘National’

The Kousa Dogwoods, ‘Nana’, ‘Moonbeam’, and ‘National’ are looking spectacular right now! A sea of white blossoms, (some as big as dinner plates!) are showing up amongst the other flora around the Vietnam Memorial this month.

Magnolia Trail

Magnolia x kosar ‘Susan’ (Susan Magnolia), Magnolia liliiflora  (Lily Magnolia), Magnolia liliiflora ‘Nigra’ and ‘O’Neill’

Our later blooming Magnolias are now flowering! Be sure to walk down Magnolia trail and take in such an incredible sight of colors ranging from whites, to pinks, to reds, and all sitting in a canopy of large tropical looking leaves! 

What's in Bloom?


Magnolia wilsonii

This Magnolia is native to China where it grows as a forest understory plant.  This is an unusual magnolia, in that the blooms are pendulous, meaning downward-hanging.  Their crisp white blooms are beautiful with bright maroon stamens in the center. 

This magnolia can be found at the western confluence of the Taylor and Magnolia trails in the Magnolia Collection.  Take a look today!