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5 Oregon Trees That Thrive on the Coast

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Is your property on the coast? How beautiful! You may want to consider making it even more beautiful by planting some trees to add to its aesthetic. The Oregon trees you choose to plant must be species that can thrive on the coast. Not every tree is equipped for the soil and weather conditions that are found on coastal lines. You don’t want to plant a tree just to find out that it needs other conditions in order to grow healthily. That’s why it’s a good idea to do your research first or call a professional arborist like Vernon Imel to see which trees would grow well in your Oregon coastal yard.

If you’re looking for Oregon trees that thrive on the coast, here are five great options to get you started.

1. Douglas Fir

As the official state tree of Oregon since 1939, the Douglas fir is a common Oregon tree that residents like to plant in their yards, both coastal and not coastal ones. But did you know that there is actually a variety of the Douglas fir that will thrive specifically in a coastal environment? The coast Douglas fir grows best in conditions that are wet and close to the ocean. They can reach heights of up to 250 feet tall and widths of 5 to 6 feet in diameter. The needles on these trees range from dark green to a more blue-green color.

One other plus of Douglas fir trees is that they attract wildlife to your yard. Due to both their height and width, many animals use these trees as sources of shade.

2. Oregon Crabapple

Oregon crabapple trees, also known as the Pacific crabapple or the western crabapple, are supposed to be planted in areas that are on the wetter side. This means that your Oregon coast yard is an ideal place. Additionally, as these trees grow quite slowly and tend to reach heights of about 36 feet tall, they do well in more medium-sized yards.

As the name suggests, this Oregon tree is a flowering and fruit-bearing option. It bears fragrant white-to-pink blossoms and then fruit during the spring and summer seasons. Both the fragrance from the blossoms and the fruit will attract wildlife to your yard. In the fall, the fruit dies, but the tree’s leaves become a yellow-orange color.

3. Japanese Maple

If you’re looking for a tree that grows best in moisture, the Japanese maple is a great choice. They should be planted in an area that has partial shade, though. These trees come in a variety of sizes, meaning that no matter the size of your yard, there is a Japanese maple species that will work for you. Additionally, if there is a certain color scheme you’re aiming for your yard to have, the Japanese maple will be a great choice for you, as the varieties range in color from purple, orange, red, and different shades of green, allowing you to pick the color that fits your aesthetic most.

The color of Japanese maples is definitely important to their beauty, but its natural shape is also quite elegant.

4. Oregon Maple

The Oregon maple, also known as the bigleaf maple, is a versatile tree, as it’s both a great shade and ornamental tree. Plus, they’re easy to grow. These trees grow best either in full sun or part shade. However, they must be planted in moist areas, making your coastal yard a great location.

If you’re looking at choosing an Oregon maple for your yard, you should first make sure that you have the space for it. They can reach heights of 40 to 80 feet tall. Additionally, they have a wide canopy, meaning that they need a lot of open space so they can spread their branches.
In the early spring months, small greenish-yellow flowers are in bloom. They hang at the ends of the twigs in clusters. They then give way to yellow flowers.

5. Cascara

Cascara trees also thrive in moist areas. However, the soil that they are planted in must be well-drained for these Oregon trees to grow at their healthiest. This area should also be one that gets shade or only gets sun in the morning.

If your yard is smaller, this tree may be your best choice of these five options. This is because they only grow to about 30 feet tall, with many of them being much shorter. Some only grow to 15 feet tall. Despite their small stature, they will still bring beauty to your yard. During the month of May, cascara trees will start to have flowers that are green-white in color. They will then produce berries, attracting small wildlife to your yard. During the fall, the leaves will become vibrant orange-red.

Every Yard Is Different

The above five Oregon trees are a sampling of the trees that thrive on the coast. They grow well in moist areas. However, as you can see by the description of each tree, they require different soil and sun/shade conditions. Just because your yard is on the coast doesn’t mean that every coastal yard is the same. This is why it’s important that you know your yard, the type of soil that you have, and which areas receive sun all day or part shade. Once you know this, it will be easier for you to choose an Oregon tree that thrives on the coast.

If you’re still not sure which of these trees would grow the best in your specific yard, we’d be happy to help you figure that out. Please contact us today and we’ll learn more about your yard or set up a time to come and see it for ourselves. We can assess the conditions and provide you with our recommendation as to which Oregon trees you should plant in your yard.