November in the arboretum

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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November Highlights

On Redwood Trail

Larix kaempferi - Japanese Larch

The Japanese Larch is a rare conifer, in the fact that it is deciduous instead of evergreen! It has tall, slender, and very open growth habit. Its fall color is a very brilliant golden yellow, and by November it’s very visible, as it takes a while for the color and the eventual dropping of the needles to occur.

On Holly Trail

Ilex aquifolium ‘Rubricaulis Aurea’

This Holly is quite spectacular to observe! It has glossy evergreen green leaves, with a white variegation along the edges. Then, nestled in the variegated leaves are the striking red berries that seem to catch everyone’s attention as they walk by!

On Fir Trail

Abies procera - Noble Fir

This native fir is a high-rising conifer, capable of reaching heights of 130 – 230 feet! The Noble Fir’s needles are arranged spirally on the shoots, and are blue-green in color with strong underside stomatal bands. This fir’s cones are erect on the branches with purple scales that almost completely hidden by long exerted yellow-green bract scales. The Noble Fir is a magnificent sight!

Vietnam Memorial

Cornus alba ‘Westonbirt’, and ‘Sibirica’ (Siberian Dogwood)

Both the ‘Westonbirt’ and ‘Sibirica’ are two great Dogwoods, even in the fall and winter months! In the fall, these two plants have an excellent red fall color, which is promptly followed by the bark changing to its winter color, which is also red! Both the ‘Westonbirt’ and the ‘Sibirica’ are ornamental delights!