The Hoyt Arboretum is located atop a ridge in the west hills of Portland Oregon. The arboretum hosts thousands of species of tree from all over the world. Many notable trees are labeled with plaques or described by informational kiosks which can be found along trails throughout the arboretum. One notable species existent in the Hoyt Arboretum is the Dawn Redwood. It is one of only a few know deciduous conifers (needle and cone bearing trees that lose their leaves in the winter). The species was once thought extinct and was known only through fossil record, but was re-discovered in a remote valley in China in the early part of the twentieth century. The tree was reintroduced to the western hemisphere through saplings planted in the Hoyt Arboretum. The trees bear soft, short needles and have a distinctive look in that the branches seem to push out through folds in the trunk.
The arboretum is located two miles west of downtown Portland and is in close proximity to Washington Park the Oregon Zoo and the International Rose Test Garden. The Arboretum is open to the public and accessible at several points from Washington Park or from the McClay Trail in Forest Park. Twelve miles of trails crisscross the 185 acres of the arboretum. A volunteer staffed visitor’s center is located at the center of the park where visitors can find information about the park and its trees; the visitors center is also the starting point for periodic volunteer guided tours.
More information and directions can be found at the arboretum’s website: www.hoytarboretum.org
HoytArboretum was named in honor of Ralph Warren Hoyt, Multnomah County Treasurer and County Commissioner.
HoytArboretum now has one of the largest collections of distinct species of gymnosperms (conifers) of any arboretum in the United States.
It can definitely be said that the 1928 committee that lobbied for HoytArboretum was far-sighted in its thinking, for this area has, indeed, become precious to the many generations that have grown up with it.
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