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A picture of a Madroña

Madroña

Arbutus menziesii

Also known as

Madrona, O, Menzies' Strawberry Tree, Tall Strawberry Tree, Pacific Madrone, Pacific Arbutus

Full Sun
Light watering
Frost Hardy

H4

RHS hardiness

-10°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

15m

Max

15m

12m

Min

8m

50 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

Madroña Overview

This is an evergreen broadleaf tree. It will produce smooth red-brown bark that will peel in thin sheets. The leaves are glossy and green and about 7-13 cm long. In the spring you will find large terminal panicles of white to pinkish, bell shaped flowers; they are followed by clusters of bright red and orange berries. Also known as Arbutus procera Douglas non Sol.

How to propagate Madroña

Cuttings

Propagation is by semi-ripe cuttings in the late summer.

Seed

Seed in the autumn.

Special features of Madroña

Attracts bees

Other uses of Madroña

Specimen, ornamental bark and fruits. Attracts butterflies. The fruits are high in vitamin C and edible, if not particularly tasty. The leaves and bark are used by Indigenous Americans as a remedy for sore throats, for stomach complaints and skin problems. The wood makes very good firewood as it burns at a high temperature and for a long time.