Mission Street Parks Conservancy and the City of Salem reviewed the Bush Pasture Park tree collection this summer. We identified 12 trees for removal. These trees fit one of several criterion: dead or dying, hazardous, or impinging on another, more valuable tree. (There are other criterion that did not come into play, such as diseased or invasive.)

There is always a bit of sadness in removing a tree, but it is a necessary part of managing a public landscape. Most of the trees on this list are shorter lived ornamental trees that have reached the end of their lifespan. The wood will be used for furniture, donated as firewood, or chipped and returned to the landscape.

MSPC has been adding trees to the park and the removal of these 12 trees will not result in a net loss of trees for the park. Many of them will be replaced with the exact or similar species. We’ll keep you updated.

Please contact us if you have any question or concerns: info@missionstreetparks.org.

Prunus serrulata ‘Whitcomb’

Orchard
Dead

Prunus gondouinii

Orchard
Poor condition, dying

Unknown tree in powerlines

Conservatory & Gardens
Tree is in powerlines, a large portion of the canopy has torn out causing the tree to be unstable

Cuppresses arizonica

Conservatory & Gardens
Tree has been topped for power line clearance, poor form

Malus ‘Butterball’

Orchard
Poor form, Growing at a 45 degree angle

Malus “Prairifire’

Orchard
Poor form; lack of vigor. Replaced with new Malus ‘Prairifire’

Davidia involucrata

Bush House Grounds
Tree competes with a Oregon White Oak

Crataegus sp.

Orchard
Poor condition, dying

Malus seibldii var. arborescens

Bush House Grounds
Poor condition, dying

Prunus 2

Bush House Grounds
Poor condition, dying

Acer Platanoides

South overlook Rhododendron Hillside
Poor condition, dying. Mostly dead canopy over trail and bench