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Pacific Madrone

Arbutus menziesii

'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

It grows mainly as an evergreen, which means it will keep its leaves throughout the year. Pacific Madrone is known for its tree habit and growing to a height of approximately 10.00 metres (32.50 feet). This plant tends to bloom in late winter. This plant is a great attractor for birds, so if you are looking to attract wildlife Pacific Madrone is a great choice.

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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How to grow Pacific Madrone

  • Full Sun

  • Very Low

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.

See our list of companion Plants for Pacific Madrone to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Pacific Madrone from seed

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.

Transplanting Pacific Madrone

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.

Common Pacific Madrone problems

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.

Pacific Madrone Folklore & Trivia

Many birds and some animals love the berries, which were also eaten by Native Americans.

Other names for Pacific Madrone

Madroño, Madroña, Bearberry, Strawberry Tree, Madrona, Arbutus

Arbutus menziesii Pursh

Pacific Madrone care instructions

How long does Pacific Madrone take to grow?

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Popular varieties of Pacific Madrone

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