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Arbutus menziesii is an evergreen tree. It has orangish-red bark. The bark peels away to show the newer green bark underneath. The leaves have a glossy dark green top and a pale green bottom. The edges are smooth. Leaf texture is sort of thick and waxy and smooth.
The madrone are native to the west coast of North America from Vancouver Island in British Columbia down to California. These trees like dry, well drained soil.
Out in Nature these trees grow to be 30 to 80 ft tall. This specific specimen is from our front yard and is only a few years old. Currently it is 7 ft tall.