The Hoyt Arboretum is located in Washington Park just two miles west of downtown Portland. Founded in 1922 by timber industry representativHoes, the U.S. Forest Service, the Portland Parks & Recreation department, and enthusiasts.
The arboretum, despite its youth, has the largest collection of trees and shrubs in the US - a collection of 10,000 trees and shrubs - including over 1,100 species from around the world.
Open to the public year round, the arboretum is home to the Dawn Redwood - a unique needle bearing tree that looses its needles in the winter - that was thought to be extinct and known only based on fossils. The Dawn Redwood was introduced to the Hoyt Arboretum from saplings discovered in a remote valley in China during the early 1900s. The Dawn Redwood's needles are soft and short, they fall off in the winter, and the Dawn Redwood's branches appear to grow from folds in its trunk.
The arboretum features 12 miles of trails, including two trails that are wheelchair accessible (also used by people with strollers), a picnic shelter, and visitor center.
The arboretum's collection of trees and shrubs are all labeled, making them easy to identify. The collection is grouped based on family groups, for example, all the oaks are in one area and all of the redwoods are in another. Fairview Boulevard divides the Hoyt Arboretum into the West and East sides. You'll find conifers (trees that bear needles) on the west side of Fairview Boulevard and deciduous trees (trees that bear leaves) on the east side of Fairview Boulevard.
Tours are hosted during the summer months. You can learn about the arboretum's history and its collection on walking tours that are generally about 90 minutes long. Tours cost $3 per person.
The arboretum is located just 0.3 miles from the Washington Park MAX station, accessible from the MAX Blue and Red lines. The arboretum is open from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm.
There is parking at the Visitor Center at the entrance to the Bristlecone Pine Trail (off Fischer Lane), in front of the Stevens Pavilion on Fairview Boulevard and near the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial. Parking is also available along Fairview Boulevard.
The Visitor Center and restrooms are wheelchair accessible. The Visitor Center hours are:
Monday-Friday: 9 am – 4 pm
Saturday: 9 am – 3 pm
Sunday and Holidays: Closed
Restrooms are open daily from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm
For more information call the visitor center at (503) 865-8733.