arbutus menziesii


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madrone

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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Nests are located, to a limited extent, in grand fir, Sitka spruce, western hemlock, redwood and Pacific madrone (Arbutus menziesii) (Taylor, 1915; Jewett, 1920; Howell, 1926; Benson and Borell, 1931; Maser et al., 1981).
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.
But an informal alliance of neighborhood activists, biologists, and city planners are taking steps to protect the city's Arbutus menziesii.