City Shade: Street Tree Planting Program
Join Us in Enhancing the Beauty, Wellbeing and Sustainability of Our Community.
Developed by community member Paul Forrest in partnership with the City of Port Angeles, the City Shade Street Tree Planting Program supports the growth of our urban forest, environmental sustainability and Climate Resiliency Plan goals.
This volunteer-centric program has been designed to help increase the tree canopy in our community by planting trees in low, medium and high-density residential neighborhoods, located within City right-of-way (typically between the sidewalk and curb). We will work with Port Angeles residents to identify areas that would benefit from additional trees and offer a variety of species appropriate for that location’s size and soil conditions.
Request a Free Street Tree to be Planted at Your Home!
The 2023 Application Period is open! Residents of Port Angeles can apply online to request a free Street Tree Planting Permit and receive a free tree from the City Shade Nursery. Residents also have the option use their permit to plant a tree purchased on their own. Other opportunities to participate in this program include participation in tree-planting and distribution events, coordinating neighborhood street tree maintenance, and helping out at the City Shade Street Tree Nursery. All volunteers will be trained by experts to properly plant and maintain trees.
Thank you for your interest in the City Shade Street Tree Program! Together, we can make our community a more beautiful, healthy, and vibrant place to live. Additional Permitting, Volunteer and Donation Information coming soon. Want to receive program information directly to your inbox? Click here to subscribe to City news and announcements via "Notify Me."
As part of the City Shade Street Tree Program, we invite you to a series of upcoming community events. Learn tree planting techniques from experts, connect with like-minded individuals, and contribute directly to the growth of our urban forest! Additional details will be provided soon.
|September 16, 2023||Street Tree Planting Workshop||Attend a volunteer training conducted by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources and the City of Port Angeles.|
Session A: 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Session B: 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
|Starting Location: The parking lot facing West 7th Street, on the north side of First Presbyterian Church (128 W 8th Street - near the corner of 8th and Oak Streets).|
|October 14, 2023||Street Tree Community Planting||Pick up your tree and plant it!||Coming soon...|
View the full list of Approved Street Tree Species to find a tree best suited for your planting site. Note: Trees planted in the public right-of-way must meet American Standards for Nursery Stock (ANSI Z60). All trees must be a minimum 3-inch caliper, measured 6 inches above the base.
City Shade Trees Under Cultivation
The following six species are currently under cultivation by the City Shade program:
1. Katsura tree, Cercidiphyllum japonicum
The Katsuratree, native to Japan and China, makes an excellent specimen or shade tree. It is a deciduous, single or multi-trunked, understory tree with a dense, rounded habit that typically matures to 40-60’ tall in cultivation, but can reach 100’ or more in the wild. It is grown for its beautiful shape and its attractive foliage. In spring, heart-shaped leaves emerge reddish-purple, changing to medium green with a slight bluish tinge in summer then turning to quality shades of gold, orange and red in autumn. Although not aromatic, the fallen autumn leaves have been varyingly described as smelling of cinnamon, burnt sugar or ripe apples. Bark is light gray-brown and slightly shaggy. This is a dioecious tree (male and female flowers on separate trees). Tiny flowers (red on male trees and green on female trees) appear in spring before the foliage but are not particularly showy. Pollinated flowers on female trees are followed by clusters of greenish pods (to 3/4” long). Best grown in rich, moist, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Tolerates full sun, but has little tolerance for drought particularly when young. Best sited in a location protected from strong winds and hot afternoon sun.
2. Golden Rain, Koelreuteria paniculata,
This is a small, open-branching, irregularly-shaped, deciduous tree with a rounded crown which typically grows 30-40' tall and as wide. Features pinnate or bipinnate, feathery, compound leaves (to 18" long), each leaf having 7-17 irregularly lobed leaflets. Leaves emerge pinkish bronze to purplish in spring, mature to a bright green in summer and turn yellow in fall. Bright yellow flowers (1/2" wide) appear in early summer in long, terminal, panicles (12-15"). Falling blossoms may or may not resemble "golden rain", but the fallen blossoms often form an attractive golden carpet under the tree. Flowers give way to interesting, brown, papery seed capsules which somewhat resemble Chinese lanterns. Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soil in full sun. Adapts to a wide range of soils. Tolerates drought and many city air pollutants.
3. Scarlet Oak or American Red Oak, Qercus coccinea
True to its name, the scarlet oak produces wonderful scarlet fall color. This species is native to the Chicago region. It grows to 60-70' (to 100' in the wild) with a rounded, open habit, a dominant central leader and is strongly pyramidal: lower branches are pendulous, middle branches are horizontal and upper branches are upright. . Leaves are 3-6" long and deeply cut with bristle-tipped, pointed lobes. Foliage is a glossy green in summer turning to scarlet in fall. Monoecious, with neither male (drooping catkins) nor female (solitary or clustered) flowers being showy. Fruit is an acorn (1/2" to 1" long).. Bark is grayish brown, thinnish and smooth but with age develops narrow relatively shallow ridges and furrows. Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soil in full sun. Prefers dry, acidic, sandy soils. Native to southeastern Missouri.
4. Garry Oak or Oregon White Oak, Quercus garryana
A beautiful white oak tree native to the Pacific Coast of North America. They can grow to be quite large (60’ or more) with a trunk diameter (up to 40”) with mushroom-shaped crown of green leaves and sturdy trunks. Over time, tree branches will naturally take sharp twists or even corkscrew-like turns as the tree grows. This growing characteristic gives the Garry oak a distinct, contorted look that becomes more noticeable with age.
Garry oak leaves are leathery and deeply lobed with shiny, dark green tops and yellowish-green undersides. Bark on a mature Garry oak is a silver-grey and rough textured with thick furrows. The tree is deciduous, with the leaves turning brown and falling in the autumn. They prefer sunny locations that will not be shaded by other trees. Once established, Garry oaks are naturally drought tolerant.
You will find them growing from Vancouver Island, British Columbia to Southern California. Garry oak is the only native oak in Washington and British Columbia, and the principle native oak of Oregon. Garry oak ecosystems provide an incredibly rich habitat for wildlife. Intact Garry oak ecosystems with Garry oak trees and associated understory ecosystem plants have become rare, and in some locations are critically imperiled and at risk of extinction. These special trees and their ecosystems are worth planting and preserving for future generations.
5. English Oak, Quercus robur
English oak is native to mixed woodland areas from the British Isles to the Caucasus. It has been widely planted in North America since the 1600s. It is a large, majestic, deciduous oak of the white oak group that typically grows in cultivation to 40-70’ (less frequently 100’) tall with a broad-spreading, rounded crown and a short trunk. Leaf color is dark green to blue-green in summer but fall color is not special because the leaves either abscise green or persist and change to a nondescript brown. Bark is deeply furrowed grayish black. Insignificant monoecious yellowish-green flowers in separate male and female catkins appear in spring as the leaves emerge. Fruits are oval acorns (to 1” long) on 1-3” long stalks. Acorn caps extend approxmately 1/3 the acorn length. The acorns provide a valuable food source for several small mammals and some birds but trees may take 25-30 years to bear a first crop of acorns. This is an excellent specimen tree or can be planted in a grouping in large open landscapes. Prefers moist well-drained loams in full sun but adapts to a wide range of soil conditions.
6. Japanese Pagoda Tree, Styphnolobium japonicum
The Japanese pagoda tree, or Chinese scholar tree, is native to China and Korea, but not Japan. It is a medium to large deciduous tree that typically matures to 50-75’ (less frequently to 100’) tall with a broad rounded crown. It is generally cultivated for its attractive compound foliage and fragrant late summer flowers. Pinnate leaves (to 10” long), each with 7-17 oval, lustrous, dark green leaflets, remain attractive throughout the growing season. Leaves retain green color late into fall, resulting in no fall color or at best an undistinguished greenish yellow. Small, fragrant, pea-like, creamy white flowers (each 1/2” long) bloom in late summer in sweeping terminal panicles to 12” long and to 12” wide. Flowers fall to the ground around the tree after bloom covering the ground with a blanket of white. Flowers give way to slender, 1- to 6-seeded, knobby, bean-like pods (to 3-8” long) that mature to brown in fall and persist into winter. Although not native to Japan, the specific epithet and common name seem to recognize the early use of the tree in Japan around Buddhist temples. Best grown in rich, medium moisture, well-drained sandy loams in full sun to part shade, but best in full sun. Tolerant of common city pollutants and conditions. Once established, it is also tolerant of heat and some drought. Newly planted saplings may not flower for as long as the first 10 years. This species was formerly known as Sophora japonica.
View guidance for planting, mulching, watering and pruning your tree.
The Streets Division of the Public Works & Utilities Department asks for your cooperation in keeping trees located along city streets trimmed correctly. This applies to trees located in the space between the street and sidewalk.
- Why plant a tree?
Trees are an integral part of our community, and they provide a wide range of benefits that help to enhance our quality of life. Trees improve air quality, provide habitat for our wildlife, and prevent erosion and reduce stormwater runoff. The shade trees provide can help to cool our streets and sidewalks, reduce the temperature in urban areas and lower our home energy bills. Trees also boost property values and enhance the beauty of our homes and public spaces.
- When can I apply for a free street tree?
An online application form will be available for residents in August on this website and trees is available now.
Depending on the number of applicants, there may be a lottery held prior to the planting date of October 14th. All persons or parties interested in participating in the program will be able to attend a short course on proper planting and management techniques provided locally by the Department of Natural Resources on September 16 (Location to be determined). The trees will be made available on the October 14 planting day at the nursery or at a location in the City.
Volunteers can also assist with planting trees in the Peabody Creek and Georgiana neighborhoods as a part of a street tree demonstration project.
- I am a renter, can I participate in this program?
A form (coming soon!) from the property owner approving of the tree planting will be required as a part of the application process.
- Where can I find more information about Street Tree regulations?
Learn more about standards for the planting, pruning and removal of Street Trees in Chapter 11.13 of the Port Angeles Municipal Code.
- Who can I contact for assistance?
For general program questions and assistance, please email email@example.com or visit the Community & Economic Development Department, located in City Hall at 321 E 5th Street.
For questions about Environmentally Sensitive Areas (ESA) Forestry Management, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For questions about planting trees in City parks, please contact the Parks & Recreation Department at (360) 417-4550 or email email@example.com.