Trees of Lan Su


Visiting grandparents inspire us to take leave of our usual mundane activities for some fun and leisure.  Today my mother-in-law and daughter accompanied me to the Lan Su Chinese Garden in downtown Portland where there were delights too numerous to capture. But that didn’t keep me from trying.  I’m not sure I have all the names correct below since I didn’t see tags for each plant, but at the gate I was given a 6-page (double sided!) ‘Master Species List’ arranged by botanical name, which came in handy.

It’s difficult to keep this post exclusive to trees.  Especially when greeted at the entry gate by this shrub, Magnolia laevifolia, covered in blooms:


OK, here are a few trees that captured my attention today.  Here is golden rain tree, Koelreuteria paniculata, showing off its lacy foliage.


I think this is Magnolia ‘Yellow Bird’



Shore pine, Pinus contorta, is actually a native of the west coast, a form of which is also known as lodgepole pine.


Weeping katsura, Cercidiphyllum japonicum ‘Pendulum’


Loved the red-tipped leaves on this Acer palmatum ‘Tsuma gaki.’

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Phoebe chekiangensis, an evergreen tree in the Laurel family, Lauraceae. Great pyramidal form.

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I think this must be Quercus dentata.

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Crepe myrtle Lagerstroemia.  By the bark color, I think this one is ‘Natchez.’

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Here’s a tree I have in my yard, and I look forward to seeing it grow and spread like this crepe myrtle Lagerstroemia ‘Tuscarora.’  I love the smooth bark — blooms are secondary for me.


And while we’re looking at bark, here’s something interesting — lacebark pine, Pinus bungeana.

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That’s all I got on this visit, but there’s lots more to see, obviously.  It was busier than I would have expected on a weekday (tricky for photography) — the blue skies and warm sunshine must have lured people over.  Go and have a look around!


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2 Responses to Trees of Lan Su

  1. yonbanme says:

    Beautiful images! I was just there two weeks ago, but it almost looks more beautiful with the framing of your photos, makes me want to go back and zoom in on these details.

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