Planting of new shrubs and trees will be done in the Spring and Fall under the leadership of FNCF staff. A plaque with the name of your choice will be placed at the shrub or tree.
More information about the person or event may be submitted and will be available for all to read on the FNCF PlantsMap site. This map will also pinpoint where your shrub or tree is located.
FNCF welcomes the dedication of a shrub or tree by an individual or group seeking to remember a person or event with a living memorial.
Read more about the available trees and shrubs below. You may dedicate either existing or new shrubs or trees. The exact location of your choice will be guided by FNCF representatives to preserve the integrity of the forest.
Please make your selection online or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to make other arrangements.
Donations can be sent to
FNCF Living Tributes
PO Box 2053
Bothell, WA 98041
If you have questions please call 425-318-8144
Snowberry (Symphoricarpos albus)
This charming native shrub blooms in May with small dense bell shaped bright pink flowers that last about 6 weeks. The snowberry provides nectar for bumblebees and especially hummingbirds. It also provides shelter and nesting cover for birds and small mammals. White-tailed deer feed on the leaves while stems are food for rabbits and mice. Indigenous Peoples use this plant to make hair soap, to soothe cuts and sores and to make pipe stems and arrow shafts.
Twinberry (Lonicera involucrata)
The twin berry tree blooms with deep yellow tubular flowers by the end of March attracting butterflies, bumblebees and hummingbirds. By June the purplish black double fruit begins to appear and often overlaps the flowering season. Many birds and small mammals dine on the little black berries and use the peeling bark to build their nests. Indigenous Peoples named this tree “crowberry” and use the berries as a black pigment. The berry juice has even been used to prevent hair from turning gray.
Nootka Rose (Rosa nutkana)
Nootka, or wild rose, is a three to six foot evergreen shrub that likes to live on the edge of the forest. You will often find hummingbirds and bees feeding from the pink blooms that appear in June. As the rose shrub grows it forms a thicket that provides shelter and habitat for many bird and mammal species. Rose hips, the reddish fruit left after the petals fall, remain throughout winter and help songbirds, ladybugs, rabbits and deer find food year round. Indigenous Peoples use these captivating pink rose bushes during ceremonial customs, to make jelly, tea, and medicine. The Nootka roots can even be used to make fishing nets.
Red Flowering Currant (Ribes sanguineum)
When the graceful crimson flowers of red flowering currant are discovered by the hummingbirds, butterflies and bees……we know spring is almost here. This shrub is an important early food source for migrating hummingbirds. Cedar waxwings, jays, towhees and even woodpeckers dine on the sky blue berries with dark blue dots which appear in August. Coyotes, mountain beavers and squirrels also eat the berries. Before the leaves fall to the ground, they wave farewell in shades of vibrant rust, red and gold. Indigenous Peoples sometimes eat the berries fresh, dried, stewed or as a flavor enhancer or fruit leather.
Vine Maple (Acer circinatum)
The graceful vine maple is stunning each fall as its leaves turn to sunset colors of red and gold. Bees, butterflies and hummingbirds collect the vine maple’s flower nectar and songbirds dine on the seeds, buds and flowers and nest in its forked branches. Indigenous Peoples named the vine maple “basket tree” as the stems were perfect for making baskets and the tree’s branches for building cradle swings. The wood from the tree can be used to make snowshoes and cradle frames and even spoons and dishes.
Big Leaf Maple (Acer macrophyllum)
The majestic big leaf maple awakens in April with golden green fragrant flowers that are a great nectar source for swallowtail butterfly larvae and bees. The seeds last into winter and are eaten by chickadees, finches, other songbirds and small mammals. Deer will dine on the leaves and tender twigs while rotting limbs provide habitat for cavity nesting birds and are a food source for nuthatches, brown creepers, and other birds. Woody debris decomposes in rivers to create the perfect fish habitat. Indigenous Peoples call this maple the “paddle tree” because the wood makes beautiful oars.
Western Red Cedar (Thuja plicata)
The evergreen red cedar tree attracts hummingbirds to its new growth in spring.. During the winter this dense tree provides shelter and cover from predators for many birds and in spring it is a nesting site for Jays, warblers and owls. Sparrows and nuthatches eat the winged seeds that come from numerous small cones. Indigenous Peoples use every aspect of this tree to build homes, make dugout canoes, cradles for newborn babies, and life saving medicines. This tree has been called the “Tree of Life” and a Salish myth says the Great Spirit created the red cedar in honor of a man who was always helping others.
Each Living Tribute comes with two certificates including the honoree's name, a photo of the selected Living Tribute plant, and a quote of your choosing. Extra certificates are available for $2 each.