Texas madrone Ericaceae Arbutus xalapensis
Leaf:Alternate, evergreen, simple, broadly ovate, 2 to 4 inches long, entire margins, leathery, shiny green above, somewhat paler and (sometimes) pubescent beneath.
Flower:Perfect, urn-shaped, 1/4 inch long, white to pink, borne in clusters up to 3 inches long that appear early in the growing season.
Fruit:Small (1/4 inch), orange-red, berry-like drupes with pebbly skins, mature in late summer.
Twig:Stout, initially light green but turning orange-red to red-brown with time; buds broadly ovate and light red to reddish brown, with large imbricate scales.
Bark:Very attractive, with old dark bark exfoliating to reveal smooth new bark that ranges in color from light orange-pink to dark red.
Form:A small, often multi-trunk tree with a round crown, to 30 feet.