Arbutus menziesii

Pacific Madrone

Plant family: Ericaceae - Heath

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Plant type: Tree

Plant origin: N/A, California

 
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Flower Color Pink, White
Blooming Season Spring
Height Over 40 feet
Spread Over 40 feet
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Woodland/Forest

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Decomposed Granite, Sand

Special Characteristic

Edible , Important to Native People

Plant Highlights

This is a broadleaf evergreen tree with rich orange-red bark that peels away on the mature wood, leaving a greenish silvery appearance that has a satin sheen and a smoothness that sometimes feels cold to the touch. In spring it bears sprays of bell like flowers which turn to red berries in autumn. The berries dry and have hooked barbs that latch onto large animals for dispersal. The leaves turn brown during the fall season and detach from the branches. This stately tree is native to Northern California and will require some babying to establish in Southern California, but you'll find it is well worth the effort.

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