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Arbutus unedo
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Zones 4-24
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Moderate, Minimal

Arbutus arizonica

Arizona Madrone
Ericaceae
Evergreen, Trees

ARBUTUS

These broad-leafed evergreens have ornamental bark, clusters of little urn-shaped flowers, decorative edible fruit, and handsome foliage that looks good year-round. Slow to moderate growth to 8–35 ft. tall, with equal spread. Normally has basal suckers and stem sprouts. 

Provide good drainage, especially if plant receives regular water. Grow in sun or part shade; needs some shade in the desert. Thin its branches to make an open-crowned tree, or plant several and leave unpruned to make a big screen. 

Arbutus arizonica

Native to Arizona, New Mexico, and northwestern Mexico. Grows to 30–45 ft. tall and wide, with attractively twisted trunk and branches, and lance-shaped leaves. Resembles A. ‘Marina’ but is more cold-hardy.

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