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Pacific Madrone*

Arbutus menziesii

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Pacific Madrone (Arbutus menziesii) at Alsip Home and Nursery

Pacific Madrone in bloom

Pacific Madrone in bloom

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Pacific Madrone (Arbutus menziesii) at Alsip Home and Nursery

Pacific Madrone bark

Pacific Madrone bark

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Pacific Madrone (Arbutus menziesii) at Alsip Home and Nursery

Pacific Madrone flowers

Pacific Madrone flowers

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* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  70 feet

Spread:  20 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  9

Other Names:  Madrona; Bearberry; Strawberry Tree

Description:

A beautiful large evergreen tree with a broad dense crown; pendulous clusters of flowers are produced year-round followed by edible red fruit; drought tolerant but best when watered; deep rooted for soil retention

Ornamental Features

Pacific Madrone features showy clusters of white bell-shaped flowers hanging below the branches from mid fall to late winter. It has green foliage which emerges light green in spring. The pointy leaves turn brown in fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant. The peeling indian red bark is extremely showy and adds significant winter interest.

Landscape Attributes

Pacific Madrone is a dense evergreen tree with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Pacific Madrone is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade
  • Vertical Accent

Planting & Growing

Pacific Madrone will grow to be about 70 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 3 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 80 years or more.

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for xeriscaping or the moisture-conserving landscape. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is native to parts of North America.

 

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Shade  Articulation 
Applications
Flowers  Bark 
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