For some time now I have wanted to inventory the trees in our yard. So here goes! Those with an asterisk were here since we moved in which was 1989.
2 Pacific Fire (Acer Circinatum)
1 Cornus Venus (Kousa x Nuttalli x Kousa)
1 Vine Maple (Acer circinatum)
1 Cedrus deodara*
1 Japanese Maple*
1 Pheasant Berry Himalayan Honeysuckle
(Leycesteria formosa)'Golden Lanterns'
1 American Cranberry (Viburnum Trilobum)
1 Black Elderberry (Sambucus Nigra)
1 Blue Sequoia (Sequoia sempervirens 'Aptos Blue')
1 Golden Cedar (Thuja occidentalis “Fastigiata”) I have this as a container tree.
1 Stellar Pink Dogwood (Cornus 'Rutgan' STELLAR PINK)
1 Pacific Madrone (Arbutus menziesii)
1 Eucalyptus: Unknown variety, published at a farmers' market on Vashon Island in about 2002.
1 Sweet Gum (Liquidambar styraciflua)
1 Asian Pear with grafts of 3 types of pears
1 Japanese White Pine (Pinus parviflora 'Tempelhof')
1 Apple tree * (This is most likely the oldest tree in the yard as the area was many small orchards before the suburbs began in the 1950s.)
1 Coral Bark Maple (Acer palmatum’Sango Kaku’)
1 Autumn Moon Maple (Acer Shirasawnum) bought in 2003 from Heronswood Nursery
1 Japanese Cherry (Prunus Serrulata Shogetsu) bought in 2004 from Swanson's Nursery
1 Pin Oak (Quercus palustris)
7 Native Cherry Trees*, each with multiple trunks on our west fence line
Hazel Nut* intertwines in one Cherry tree, has multiple trunks and is quite shrubby but tall and makes a great middle canopy for my shade garden.
2 Variegated dogwoods, also shrubby but tall (12-15 ft.) and fast growing.
1 Cornus Satomi, a short beauty with pink blooms in late spring in the understory of my woodland garden.
1 Midwinter Fire Dogwood (Cornus sanguinea) This one wants to be a shrub but I am doing my darnedest to make it behave like a tree; it is about 8 feet tall. I bought it from a Northwest Perennial Association sale in about 1998.
1 California Palm* this is a 'sucker' off the original one which we cut down YEARS ago. I know this is not the right name of this tree. It has a thorny trunk and soft wood. It looks nothing like a palm to me but an elderly neighbor who has since deceased told me that is what the original house owners called this tree.
2 Sumac* Just about every other yard has sumac in our neighborhood. Ours are about 18 feet tall and they are 'suckers' from the original trees. In fact this is a sumac which we moved from the southeast corner of our fence to the berm in the middle of the back yard.
2 Draecena arborea ; Those 12 foot, palm like trees in the pots flanking our stairs to the backyard started out as little accents in pots along with geraniums and lobelia. What a surprise! Everyone refers to them as 'palms' but they aren't.
O.K. This is a start to the inventory. All the trees are listed. Next I would like to put approximate years I purchased them and in summer I would like to photograph each of them and put it into an album or slide show. I don't think I need to buy any more trees.
Lastly I want to say a big YAHOO to blue skies and sunshine. I have been feeling very vitamin D deprived! It was cold out, but at least for today the gray skies were gone.