arbutus menziesii

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madrone

The Madrone tree is basically the big brother of the Manzanita plant (see desert) Grows up to 100ft (30m), Smooth orange-red trunk with peeling paper is cooling to the touch. Red berries are edible, astringent. Whole plant is useable. Urinary tract and kidney infections, stomach issues.
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Pacific madrone (Arbutus menziesii) sometimes yields a beautifully figured, light reddish-brown wood called madrone burl from the large burls that grow on some trees.
Pacific madrone or madrona, its other common name, has a popular use aside from its commercial lumber and veneer uses.
Pacific madrone packs a "punch" of another sort, too.
Like the new pacific madrone champ, which is little more than half the size of the Council Madrone, many of the champions in the 2002 National Register of Big Trees have yet to reach their full potential.

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