Oregon is a beautiful state, and one of the reasons it’s so gorgeous is because of the plentiful trees in the state’s landscape. In fact, with nearly 31 million acres of forest in the state – covering almost half of it – you’re bound to find a lot of different magnificent trees.
- 14. California Bay Laurel in Gold beach, Curry County (Umbellularia californica), 82 feet
- 13. Monster Maple, Bigleaf Maple (Acer macrophyllum), 98 feet
- 12. Monterey Cypress in Brookings, Oregon, Monterey Cypress (Cupressus macrocarpa), 99 feet
- 11. Sitka Spruce in Cape Meares, (Picea sitchensis) 105 feet
- 10. Sauvie Island Royal Walnut, Walnut (juglans × royalis), 112 feet
- 9. Brewer’s Spruce in Tanner Lake, Oregon, Brewer’s Spruce (Picea breweriana), 118 feet
- 8. Giant Sequoia in Hillsboro, Washington County, Giant Sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum), 120 feet
- 7. Willamette Mission Cottonwood, Western Balsam Poplar (Populus trichocarpa), 154 feet
- 6. California Incense-cedar in Tanner Lake, Oregon, California Incense-cedar (Calocedrus decurrens), 157 feet
- 5. Western Redcedar in Cannon Beach, Clatsop County (Thuja plicata), 157 feet
- 4. Big Hollow, Coast Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens), 164 feet
- 3. Big Tree, Lawson’s Cypress (Chamaecyparis lawsoniana), 231 feet
- 2. Ponderosa Pine in Medford, Jackson County, Ponderosa Pine (Pinus ponderosa), 268 feet
- 1. Doerner Fir, Coast Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii), 327 feet
Some trees listed below are very tall, while others are very wide and massive-looking. We’ve included the biggest trees regardless of why they’re called “big” in the first place, so if you love big trees, you’ve come to the right place.
Trees are truly nature’s wonders, and they do so much more than provide us with much-needed shade and dot the landscape with beauty. When you consider how old many of these trees are, they become even more amazing to look at.
You will be in awe once you realize that most of them will likely remain on Earth long after we’re gone. Below are 14 of Oregon’s biggest trees from small to biggest, and whenever possible, we’ve included the approximate or exact location in case you’d like to view them in person.
14. California Bay Laurel in Gold beach, Curry County (Umbellularia californica), 82 feet
These are gorgeous trees, and this one measures at around 39 feet in circumference. Although part of the tree has fallen down, it still appears to be very much alive and continuing to grow. You’ll notice a lot of hollow parts within the tree, even as you stand next to it, but experts claim this is what also makes it even easier to measure.
13. Monster Maple, Bigleaf Maple (Acer macrophyllum), 98 feet
The Monster Maple is 98 feet high and has a circumference of 36 feet. It is located on Highway 126 in Mapleton, Lane County, right across from Milepost 21. It is east of the city and has a hollow base covered in greenery. The main branch of the tree has fallen but it is still very much alive. This is the biggest maple tree in the state of Oregon and maybe in the country.
12. Monterey Cypress in Brookings, Oregon, Monterey Cypress (Cupressus macrocarpa), 99 feet
This gorgeous cypress tree has a girth of around 35 feet and is located close to the Chetco Valley Historical Society Museum in Brookings, Curry County. Some people consider it the largest cypress in the world, although others claim there’s a larger one in the country of France. Nevertheless, this is an amazing tree that is easy to find and even easier to enjoy.
11. Sitka Spruce in Cape Meares, (Picea sitchensis) 105 feet
There is no main central trunk to this tree, but it does have several branches that stick straight up into the air. It is estimated to be around 250-300 years old and has a circumference of 46 feet. It is also a great tree to climb if you want to get a beautiful view of the area.
10. Sauvie Island Royal Walnut, Walnut (juglans × royalis), 112 feet
Several years ago, this tree was found to be in poor condition and some thought it was dead. Since then, very little information can be found about it. Nevertheless, we do know that it is a hybrid walnut tree and that the girth of it is around 27 feet. The crown spread is roughly 151 feet as of 2003, and it is said to have a horizontally spreading limb that was measured at 94 feet long.
9. Brewer’s Spruce in Tanner Lake, Oregon, Brewer’s Spruce (Picea breweriana), 118 feet
This tree has a circumference of around 237 inches (19+ feet) and an average crown size of 36 inches. It is located above Tanner Lake in a glacial cirque and looks like it is growing from a bunch of large rocks. Some people consider it difficult to find, so just look for the rocks and it should be a little easier to see.
8. Giant Sequoia in Hillsboro, Washington County, Giant Sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum), 120 feet
This tree is not only very tall but also very old, having been planted around 1875 by former Governor James Withycombe on his wedding day. The tree is located around 20 feet east of State Highway 219 and 300 feet south of the intersection of Grabel Road and 219. It is 3 miles south of Hillsboro and has a girth of 36 feet. It is a very stunning tree.
7. Willamette Mission Cottonwood, Western Balsam Poplar (Populus trichocarpa), 154 feet
Located in Salem in Willamette Mission State Park, its girth is around 28 feet, and it is easily seen if you look across the abandoned channel of the Willamette River, which is now Oxbow Lake. If you’re on the main road, there is a small parking area and from there, it is a short walk to this amazing tree. Just be careful when viewing the tree because there is poison oak at its base.
6. California Incense-cedar in Tanner Lake, Oregon, California Incense-cedar (Calocedrus decurrens), 157 feet
Located near the East Tanner Lake in Josephine County, its circumference is around 34 feet, and it has a dark-brown appearance with gorgeous green leaves. It is also very easy to find.
5. Western Redcedar in Cannon Beach, Clatsop County (Thuja plicata), 157 feet
This tree is easy to find and is currently the largest tree in Oregon. Its circumference is around 56 feet, and it is easy to find because it sits right across from Acadia Beach State Park. If you go south on 101 to Park Avenue, it eventually turns into a trail. Stay left and you should see the tree. There are other large trees in the same area, but this one will become obvious once you see it.
4. Big Hollow, Coast Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens), 164 feet
Located in Curry County at the Alfred Loebs Redwood Nature Trail, it is the first tree you see and has a circumference of 49 feet. You’ll know why it’s named like it is as soon as you see it because the inside of the tree is all hollowed out. This, of course, makes it easy to climb on the inside of the tree to get your picture taken, which a lot of people have done!
3. Big Tree, Lawson’s Cypress (Chamaecyparis lawsoniana), 231 feet
Simply known as the “Big Tree,” it is found in Coos County along Elk Creek in the city of Powers. The circumference of this tree is 43 feet and according to statistics, its girth seems to grow roughly 6 inches per year. The Big Tree is a healthy tree and a gorgeous tree, and according to experts it is also easy to find because it is the only Lawson’s Cypress in the area.
2. Ponderosa Pine in Medford, Jackson County, Ponderosa Pine (Pinus ponderosa), 268 feet
With a girth of around 18 feet, this beautiful Ponderosa pine sits on the Rogue River in Siskiyou National Forest. These pine trees can be quite unique because they often have twisted bases that give them an unusual appearance.
1. Doerner Fir, Coast Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii), 327 feet
Named after a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) employee, this tree has a circumference of 36 feet and is known to be the tallest conifer that is now a coast redwood tree. It is located in Brummit, Oregon, and used to be called Brummit’s Tree. The forest it sits in is a BLM forest.