'Pacific Madrone' is a plant in the Arbutus genus with a scientific name of Arbutus menziesii.
Exceptionally beautiful large evergreen broadleaf tree with reddish peeling bark and small urn shaped white flowers in the late winter.
Known to attract bluebirds.1
United States is believed to be where Pacific Madrone originates from.
Be aware that Pacific Madrone typically needs significant amount of maintenance and care in order to grow successfully. Ensure that you are aware of the exact soil, sun, ph and water requirements and ensure your chosen position for this plant matches these criteria as closely as possible. Keep an eye out for pests and disease and treat as soon as they are detected. Pay attention to regular weeding, feed and pruning schedules to ensure your plant remains in peak condition.
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Best grown on slope with perfect drainage. Water deeply every two weeks during first year to establish. Once established it prefers not to be watered or fertilized. Prefers wet winters and dry summers.Try to plant in a location that enjoys full sun and remember to water very sparingly. The USDA Zones typically associated with Pacific Madrone are Zone 7 and Zone 11. Ideally plant in sandy soil and try to keep the ph of your soil between the range of 5.6 and 6.0 as Pacific Madrone likes to be in weakly acidic soil. Keep in mind when planting that Pacific Madrone is thought of as hardy, so this plant will survive close to or on freezing temperatures.
Lightly cover ripe fruit in the fall and keep outside and moist during the winter. Reduce watering after the weather warms and allow top inch of soil to dry between waterings in warm weather. Do not change orientation.
Plant in same compass orientation in which it was grown. Needs rocky soil and sufficient light, but will grow in light shade when young. Difficult to establish. Very fussy about drainage and proper amount of water during first year. Must be put in open ground within first year. Do not try to transplant after it is over 1 year old.Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Pacific Madrone is a hardy plant.
These plants have been known to grow well alongside Pacific Madrone so consider planting:
Difficult to garden underneath due to leaf drop. Northwestern forest dry shade loving natives such as sword fern can make good companions.
These plants will not grow well with Pacific Madrone so avoid planting these within close proximity:
Cannot plant with plants that need summer water. Madrone will put down deep roots and prefers to be dry in the summer.
These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Pacific Madrone plants:
Susceptible to water borne mold diseases and to air pollution. Difficult to grow near traffic. Root disturbances, soil compactification, excessive irrigation, or grade changes can kill it.
Many birds and some animals love the berries, which were also eaten by Native Americans.
Madroño, Madroña, Bearberry, Strawberry Tree, Madrona, Arbutus
Arbutus menziesii Pursh