Arbutus menziesii

Pacific madrone

Plant Type: Tree
Sun: Partial Shade, Sun
Drainage: Well-draining
Water: Naturalize, Occasional
Height X Width: 50' X 20'
Santa Clara County Local: Yes
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The Madrone has much to commend it for use in the landscape. The growth pattern is upward and open. Large, leathery leaves stand out against smooth, peeling orange-red bark. Clusters of white flowers in late winter give way to bright red berries the following winter. Disadvantages include overall size (though often reduced in plantings), a year-round drop of leaf and bark litter, and difficulty transitioning to the landscape. Provide a shade structure during the first two summers if planting in a sunny spot. Alternately, plant in an opening of partial shade where your madrone can grow up into the sun. Water sparingly but consistently for the first two or three summers. This exquisite bay area native is well worth the effort.


Deer Resistant: Somewhat
Attractive to Bees: Yes
Attractive to Butterflies: Yes
Good Under Oaks: No
Evergreen or Deciduous: Evergreen