Arbutus arizonica CEH 2276


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A collection from Mt Lemmon in Arizona which is the highest point in the Santa Catalina Mountains.  This is a very ornamental relative to our native Madrone, Arbutus menziesii and the Strawberry Tree, Arbutus unedo. This broadleaf evergreen will become a small to medium-sized tree in time with red-orange new growth and yellowish to pinkish round fruit which follows small, white, urn-shaped flowers which are enjoyed by bees.  Prefers good drainage in a lean mineral soil on the dry side.  Once established, should require no or little summer water here in Mediterranean Puget Sound.


Plant Type

  • Shrub
  • Tree
  • Evergreen

Mature Size

Hardiness Zones

  • Zone 7b (5 °F)
  • Zone 8a (10 °F)
  • Zone 8b (15 °F)
  • Zone 9a (20 °F)
  • Zone 9b (25 °F)

Sun Exposure

  • Full Sun

Water Needs

  • Dry
  • Moderate

Bloom Time

  • Spring