Arbutus menziesii Pursh


A tree 10-20 m tall. Bark peeling to eventually leave the trunk completely smooth. Young shoots glabrous. Leaves oval to oblong, 5-15 cm long, entire or slightly toothed, sometimes toothed on young branches, waxy blue beneath. Leaf stalk 1-3 cm long. Flowers in upright panicles 7-20 cm long; spring. Fruit berry orange-red, warty, 1-1.5 cm wide.

Coastal W North America

Leaves roundish, entire; flowers in erect clusters; fruit orange, 1-1.5 cm wide.

VIC: Malmsbury Botanic Gardens planted 1987 and grown from plant grown from seed collected in the wild and supplied by Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (Melbourne Gardens).

Source: Spencer, R. (1997). Ericaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

Distribution map
kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Ericales
family       Ericaceae
genus        Arbutus L.