Northern Red Oak, Hiawatha Park, West Seattle
Take a tree walk in your neighborhood or at the closest park.
Over the weekend I took a walk guided by Tree Ambassador Al from reLeaf, a division of SDOT. All the photos are from that walk. You can use a map and guide (an example) from Seattle’s reLeaf program for your tree walk, or take one of their guided walks. From this page you can download a map from your own neighborhood.
Red Pines (state tree of Minnesota), Hiawatha Park, West Seattle
Look for native trees such as Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) and black hawthorn (Crataegus douglasii). Native trees are from here.
Look for naturalized trees such as box elder (Acer negundo) and English laurel (Prunus laurocerasus). Naturalized trees are from elsewhere but now plant themselves.
Look for exotic trees such as the pitch pine (Pinus rigida). Exotic trees are imported.
Pitch Pine, Hiawatha Park, West Seattle
We would love to see your photos. Please, tell us where you walked and what trees you saw.
Resources for locating and/or identifying trees in the Seattle area:
*The next free guided tree walk (from the SDOT webpage):
“Ballard Salmon Tree Walk, Saturday, October 1st, 10-11 am
Meet at the corner of 11th Ave. NW and NW 58th St. [map] RSVP here
Come learn about the beautiful trees of Ballard with Tree Ambassadors Bob & Erin as we walk through a neighborhood that once served as a salmon spawning stream. While the forest has changed significantly since then, you will still find the trees just as captivating, and Ballard all the more enchanting.”
*Trees of Seattle by Arthur Lee Jacobson (Sasquatch Books, 1989)
*King County’s extensive NATIVE plant guide.
*The city of Seattle Department of Planning and Development’s identification sheet of Seattle trees which “may qualify for protection measures.”
*Jake Ellison’s photo gallery of impressive Seattle trees with their locations.
*Download the free app, Tree Walk /Seattle for Seattle street tree maps with names.
London Planetree at Hiawatha Park, West Seattle
Do you like walking? Here are more ideas in the Seattle area from Feet First.
IF YOU LIVE OUTSIDE OF SEATTLE OR CANNOT MAKE IT TO A TREE WALK, PICK UP A TREE GUIDE AT YOUR LIBRARY, AND WALK AROUND YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD TO LOOK AT TREES. TELL US WHERE YOU WENT IN THE COMMENTS!
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This is AN AMAZING live map of the city of Seattle! Land on a tree and it will tell you what it is! Awesome! http://web6.seattle.gov/SDOT/StreetTrees/
It’s pleasure to me for saw I went there first time
It’s such a good place
Pankaj Kumar, I am glad you liked it.
It’s good place everybody like it
Avtar Singh, It is a good place!
Before I comment but this doesn’t work?
Van Chu, What doesn’t work? The tree app? Please, tell SDOT if that is so.
Sorry! It is nice places! My friend sometime comments but post? I don’t know why? Some places didn’t sign up?may be we are wrong? We are don’t known how to post?
This place surprises me. There are many green trees here. i think they have been here since very long ago. This is nice place. I love it.
This place surprises me. There are many green trees. They are too high. I think they have been here since very long ago. This is nice Park. I love it.
I like the park. Here in August to October have hazelnut fell off,I like to eat.
I like the park. Here has Filbert trees.Hazelnuts fell off in August to October. I like to eat.
I like to eat them too.