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Arbutus menziesii  Pursh
Madrono,   Pacific madrone
Arbutus menziesii is a tree that is native to California, and also found elsewhere in western North America.
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Genus: Arbutus
Family: Ericaceae  
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Dicot
Jepson eFlora section: eudicot

Habitat: canyons, slopes

Communities: Redwood Forest, Douglas-Fir Forest, Mixed Evergreen Forest, Northern Oak Woodland, Southern Oak Woodland, Foothill Woodland

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Information about  Arbutus menziesii from other sources
Nursery availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
Jepson eFlora


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[Wikipedia] Nickname, Longevity, Food Source: It is nicknamed the "Refrigerator Tree" due to the fact that its bark contains water, and it stays cool in the summer. Individual specimens can live for over 300 years. Many mammal and bird species feed off the berries,[14] including juncos, American robins, cedar waxwings, band-tailed pigeons, varied thrushes, quail, mule deer, raccoons, ring-tailed cats, and bears. As the fruit are produced in great quantity and may persist on the tree into winter, their value as a food source is great. (contributed by Mary Ann Machi)

Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals. [web application]. 2024. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: 04/19/2024).