Pacific Madrone arbutus menziesii
New growth on madrone, with bracken fern and vine maple in the background
It is nearly impossible to transplant madrona trees--even seedlings--from the wild. This two-year-old madrona was purchased from Greer Gardens, where they sell the trees in the original containers they were propagated in. An old madrona log lies behind. Below is the tree six years later.
In addition to the native garden, we are incorporating more native plants throughout the garden. This madrone is about eight years old. Here it is at ten.
We are at about the ledge of the madrone habitat, about thirty miles from salt water. Ridges that catch some sea air have naturally occurring specimens up to fifty miles from Puget Sound.
Mardona's bark is one of is most spectacular features, turning from smooth rust red, peeling to bright green, and returning again to rust red.