Hogan Cedar Only in Gresham
Help Celebrate Arbor Day
Arbor Day in Gresham on Wednesday, April 10
Join the students, teachers, neighbors and the City's Urban Forestry Subcommittee for the reading of the Arbor Day Proclamation and the planting of Hogan cedars at 1:30 p.m. at Hogan Cedar Elementary School, located at 17770 S.E. Fleming Ave.
View a video of kids singing the Hogan cedar song.
Celebrating our City Tree on Friday, April 26
Join City staff, volunteers from the Youth Conservation Crew at Mt. Hood Community College and the Urban Forestry Subcommittee at 10 a.m. at the junction of the Gresham Butte Saddle Trail for the planting of 108 Hogan cedars. A new Hogan cedar interpretative panel will also be displayed at that time.
View our Arbor Day Events flyer.
What Makes the Hogan Cedar Special?
Gresham is the only place where the Hogan cedar grows naturally, making it a true Gresham native. Originating in a narrow strip along Hogan Road along Johnson Creek, the Hogan cedar is prized for its symmetrical shape, lush color and tolerance to diseases, high winds and ice storms.
"A point of pride...[that] embodies Gresham's deeply rooted sense of place."
City Council captured local sentiment in a 2012 resolution that named the Hogan cedar the official City tree. Strong support came from the Urban Forestry Subcommittee and students at Hogan Cedars Elementary School with one student saying "It only grows in Gresham and that makes it cool."
The origin of the Hogan cedar remains a mystery with some contending that the tree was planted by one of the early local Chinese nurserymen and others insisting it's a natural genetic variation in a small population.
The Hogan cedar has also been described as a "true-breeding mutant," which means it has an ability to reproduce from seed and validates the Hogan cedar as a specific variety of the Western Red cedar.
The Hogan cedar has a pyramid shape, dense foliage and grows tall and narrow while the Western Red cedar has looser, more open foliage and spreads out as it grows.
Protecting the Grove
In 1970, plans to build the Mt. Hood freeway through the Hogan cedar stand ignited protest. As a result, an alternate route was proposed, but it would displace homeowners who then accused tree lovers of using the cedar as an excuse to save their own homes. Ultimately, the freeway was canceled in response to widespread protest about the project.