Pacific Madrone (also known as the Manzanita)

Pacific Madrone (also known as the Manzanita)

Easily one of the most beautiful of all of the hardwoods on the Pacific Coast, the Pacific madrone is a member of the heath family and closely related to rhododendrons, and is the most northerly broadleaf evergreen trees on the continent. Early Spanish settlers in California recognized it as similar to the Mediterranean madrone (or madroño) and later English settlers referred to it as the strawberry tree, as the sweet (and slightly toxic) berries are used to make a “strawberry-tasting” liquor called crême d’arbouse. The most striking feature of this tree is the wonderful bark that looks painted, with hues of red, orange, brown and black. Nothing else in the Pacific Northwest looks anything like it.

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Pacific Madrone

Pacific Madrone (aka Manzanita)

Fidalgo Island, Washington

 

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