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Arbutus menziesii
Common Name: Arbutus or Pacific Madrone Family: Ericaceae (The Heath Family)

Arbutus menziesii is Canada's only native, broadleaved, evergreen tree. It is noted for its reddish brown peeling bark on mature trees that can reach 6 to 30 meters in height with an upright, open, spreading shape. The evergreen leaves are oval to egg-shaped and generally smooth, shiny green above and whitish-green below. The tree bears clusters of small white or pinkish bell-shaped blossoms that are fragrant and attract hummingbirds. The red/orange fruit are edible. The tree requires a very well drained site and is capable of handling dry conditions.

Geogrpahical Origin:
Americas - North America

Native Habitat:
Dry open forests and rocky slopes on coarse or shallow soils in the lowland and montane zones.

ClassEvergreen Primary Bloom ColourWhite/Cream
TypeShrub/Tree Secondary Bloom ColourPink
Height40' and over Bloom TimeSummer
Spread10' and over FragranceYes
Light ExposureSun Foliage ColourGreen
Soil MoistureDry Drought Tolerant Average Stem ColourRed
Hardiness7-9 BerriesYes
BC NativeYes

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