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Arbutus menziesii (Madrone)

Madrone, Pacific Madrone, Pacific Madrona, Oregon Laurel, Laurelwood, Menzies' Strawberry Tree, Tall Strawberry Tree


Exquisite, Arbutus menziesii (Madrone) is a spreading evergreen tree with an elegant, wide-branching habit and leathery, lustrous dark green leaves, 6 in. long (15 cm). In spring, a profusion of drooping clusters of urn-shaped, white flowers hang at the tip of the branches. Rich in nectar, they attract hummingbirds, bees, and other pollinators. They are followed by small, brilliant red-orange fruit that ripen in the fall and may persist into early winter. The mealy berries are prime food for the birds. Strikingly attractive is the satiny smooth, reddish-brown bark which peels in thin flakes to reveal an attractive cinnamon-colored inner bark. Spectacular in all seasons, Madrone is one of the most beautiful broadleaf flowering evergreens.

  • Grows up to 20-50 ft. tall and wide (6-15 m).
  • Easily grown in average, acidic, moist, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Tolerates the widest variety of soils and climates, but appreciates good drainage. Drought tolerance once established.
  • Great as a specimen plant, foundation plantings, Mediterranean gardens.
  • Virtually disease free and pest free. Watch for aphids or leaf spot.
  • Attracts hummingbirds, butterflies, and birds.
  • Propagate by seeds or softwood cuttings .
  • Native to from British Columbia to southern California.

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Requirements

Hardiness 7 – 9
Heat Zones 7 – 9
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19
Plant Type Trees
Plant Family Arbutus
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 20' – 50' (6m – 15m)
Spread 20' – 50' (6m – 15m)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen, Fruit & Berries
Native Plants United States, California, Pacific Northwest, Oregon, Washington
Tolerance Drought
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden, Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 7 – 9
Heat Zones 7 – 9
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19
Plant Type Trees
Plant Family Arbutus
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 20' – 50' (6m – 15m)
Spread 20' – 50' (6m – 15m)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen, Fruit & Berries
Native Plants United States, California, Pacific Northwest, Oregon, Washington
Tolerance Drought
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden, Prairie and Meadow

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