Arbutus menziesii is an attractive evergreen tree with peeling red/brown bark, clusters of fragrant white or pink flowers and edible scarlet fruit.
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.
Common Name: Arbutus or Pacific Madrone
Family: Ericaceae (The Heath Family)
Zone Hardiness: 7-9
Light: Full Sun
Height: 40' and over
Width: 10' and over
Primary Bloom Colour: White/Cream
Secondary Bloom Colour: Pink
Bloom Time: Summer
Soil Moisture: Dry, Drought Tolerant, Average
Stem Colour: Red
Deer Resistant: Yes
BC Native: Yes
Native Habitat: Dry open forests and rocky slopes on coarse or shallow soils in the lowland and montane zones.
Geogrpahical Origin: Americas - North America
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