Laurelhurst Park & the Katsura Tree


In this episode, we look at the history of Laurelhurst Park and the lone Katsura tree that oversaw the cultural and social changes of the 1960s. This is an abridged version of a research paper by Alecia Giombolini.


Host: Joshua Justice
Voice of Concerned Resident: Rebekah Averette
Research: Alecia Giombolini

Audio Samples:

Further Reading:

“A Tribute to Laurelhurst Park”, 1981, Laurelhurst and Laurelhurst Park Folder, Record Number AF/2376, City of Portland Archives.

John A. Grant and Carol L. Grant, Trees and Shrubs for Pacific Northwest Gardens, (Portland: Timber Press, 1990)

“Katsura Tree – Cercidiphyllum japonicum” Friends of Pier Park,

Reynolds, Phyllis, “Katsura Heritage Trees in Portland” Friends of Trees, posted May 8, 2012