Pacific madrone Ericaceae Arbutus menziesii
Leaf:Simple, alternate, persistent, oblong to oval, 3 to 5 inches long and 2 to 3 inches wide, leathery; dark green above and silvery green below, smooth on both surfaces. Margins may be entire or finely serrated. Leaves persist only 13 or 14 months, just barely keeping the tree evergreen.
Flower:Perfect; urn-shaped; white. Small (1/4 inch) but borne in large clusters up to 6 inches long.
Fruit:Small (1/4 inch), round, orange-red, berry-like drupes (multiple small, hard seeds) with pebbly skins (like oranges).
Twig:Stout, initially light green and smooth but turning orange-brown or red-brown with time, buds small, rounded, and nondescript with imbricate scales.
Bark:Very distinctive; when young it is thin, red-brown or orange-brown, breaking into scales or short strips; mature bark is thin, multi-colored (green, red, orange, brown), and exfoliates in patches and strips.
Form:Broad-leaved evergreen tree to 100 feet tall and 2 to 6 feet in diameter, sprouts from the base when the main stem is damaged and commonly has multiple stems.