Earlier this month while walking near the north entrance of Mt Tabor Park, I found a pair of these street trees near SE Yamhill on SE 69th Ave.
The pink and pale yellow at the top look especially striking against the backdrop of evergreens in the park beyond.
Great colors – the yellow leaflets and the red rachis and veins. Only the lowest leaves had turned color on the day I took these photos, November 19.
Here’s an alternative for anyone who feels reluctant to get rid of their weedy tree of heaven, Ailanthus altissima. It has similar tropical-looking leaves, and good ornamental value, and a reportedly fast growth rate. But not easy to come by, I suppose — Cistus might be the only local source.
Chinese Toon, or Chinese Mahogany, Toona sinensis, details from Oregon State University:
- Native to China and SE Asia
- USDA Zones 5 to 11
- Broadleaf deciduous tree to 30 feet, spreads by suckers
- Sun or partial shade, adaptable to many soil types
- Cream colored summer flowers in terminal clusters
- Leaves, shoots, fruits and bark used in cooking and traditional Chinese medicine