Page author: David Giblin
Arbutus menziesii
Pacific madrona, Pacific madrone
WTU specimens
Other herbaria

Distribution: West of the Cascades in Washington; British Columbia south to California.

Habitat: Chiefly in drier, often rocky, areas at low elevations

Flowers: April-June

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Description:
General:

Trees to 30 m. tall, the bark smooth and chartreuse when young, aging to dark brownish-red.

Leaves:

Leaves alternate, evergreen, smooth, shiny, ovate-oblong to elliptic, glabrous, serrate to entire, 7-15 cm. long.

Flowers:

Flowers in large, terminal, compound racemes; flowers white, 6-7 mm. long, the corolla 5-lobed, urn-shaped; stamens 10, included in and borne on the corolla; anthers with two short, reflexed awns, opening by 2 slit-like pores; ovary superior,

Fruits:

Fruit an orange to red berry, globose, 1 cm. in diameter, covered with small projections.

Accepted Name:
Arbutus menziesii Pursh
Publication: Fl. Amer. Sept. 1: 282. 1813.

Synonyms:
Arbutus procera Douglas ex Lindl.
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Arbutus menziesii in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Arbutus menziesii checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Arbutus menziesii atlas page.

CalPhotos: Arbutus menziesii photos.

USDA Plants: Arbutus menziesii information.

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