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Arbutus menziesii

Pacific Madrone

This tree has it all - colorful exfoliating bark, white flowers that attract hummingbirds and native woodland butterflies. Bright red berries feed the birds and other woodland critters in the fall and winter. Its deep roots tenaciously hold the soil making it a great erosion buffer.

Benefits

  • Strawberry colored fruit is prized by native birds
  • Huge nectar source for hummingbirds and insects
  • Incredibly colorful exfoliating bark
  • Thrives in dry, sunny locations
  • Provides outstanding cover and nesting for birds
  • Tenacious roots help hold soil in erosive areas

Height
70-80 Feet

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Spread
40-50 Feet

USDA Hardiness Zone 7-9

Native Range

Dry, rocky slopes from British Columbia to California.

Native Trivia

Tall trees like this one, along with smaller trees and shrubs and perennials provides diversity and encourages a wide range of wildlife to visit. 

Characteristics & Attributes

Sun
Beneficial insects
Butterflies
Songbirds
Plan Sub Group
Deciduous Trees
Exposure
Filtered Shade
Soil
Well-drained
Soil Moisture Preference
Dry
Attracts Wildlife
Hummingbirds
Bloom Time
Late Spring / Early Summer
Habitat Collection
Butterfly
Songbird
Native Habitat
Coastal
Forest
Foliage Color
Green
Uses
Accent
Drought tolerant
Erosion control
Ornamental fruit
Specimen
Native to
California
Oregon
Washington