Sunday, April 1, 2012

A - Arbutus

The graceful Arbutus tree is a symbol of the west coast of Canada and the United States. This tree is is Canada's only broadleafed evergreen. It goes by many names (Arbutus, Madrone, Madrona, Strawberry Tree) but here in BC she's known as Arbutus.  And a real beauty it is with its fragile curling red bark revealing the smooth pale green trunk beneath.  Isn't is stunning?

We have a huge specimen in our front yard--probably 100 feet tall or higher.  We enjoy looking at it in the spring and early summer.  After that we're less fond because the leaves begin to drop in July and don't stop until November.  The leaf drop is followed by the bark and then the berries, and in the spring the flowers.  It means a lot of raking but hey!  We don't need a gym membership.

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  1. Hi Joanna - I'm across the water, in Vancouver...and I've just learned something new - thanks! I'm a fan of all our wonderful trees in BC, but now I know a little more about the Arbutus tree.

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  2. I believe I've seen these trees. I often have difficulty distinguishing many tree types, but I'm probably not paying enough attention either.

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  3. I'm so glad I live in a place where arbutus grow. They are the most beautiful trees.

  4. Beautiful tree. We have a yard full of oaks. A few maples and a Japanese flowering lilac tree or 2.

  5. The curling bark reminds me of the bark of a guava tree. In the Philippines, we had them everywhere. Sometimes, it was fun picking the bark off, but my Mom always told us to leave them alone. Heh. :)

    Goodluck with the A-Z challenge!

  6. Hello! Stopping by for the A to Z Challenge. I never knew the Arbutus was also called the Strawberry Tree. How interesting.


  7. So THAT'S what that tree is called!

  8. Oh my, it is a beautiful tree. I'd never heard of this kind of tree before. Great "A" word!

  9. Ah, I do miss Canada! The Arbutus sheds very much in the same way as the Gum.
    Even the orangey color of its bark is similar!
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  10. What an awesome post! Checking you out because you did the same for me and I'm glad I did!

  11. It is a stunning tree! Great start to "A to Z"!

  12. I was thinking I hadn't ever heard of that tree, but then I saw the peeling bark. I feel like we had those trees in Oregon. Either that, or we had another tree that peeled all papery like that. Beautiful.

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  13. Oh, my! I have Madrone, curling bark and all, in my front yard. In fact, a neighborhood school is named Madrone. Arbutus is a totally new word to me. Good luck with A-Z; I am giving it my best shot but am unsure how successful I will be doing a daily post. Well, onto "B". Do you have something new to teach me?...loved learning about Arbutus.

  14. Beautiful tree! We have two Madrona's in our yard . . .it's interesting how the name can be different - either that or many of us are just mispronouncing things.

  15. Stunning photos ..... Victoria, BC - lived there for nearly a year on the corner of Central Ave and Monterey Ave. Loved it was 1989. Coming back this summer for a visit.
    Wonderful photo you have taken. Warm regards from Sweden.
    (have problems with posting replays for the open ID - so I give you my profile instead - do not use google for blogging or following) Viveka


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