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Arbutus ‘Marina’

 

Strawberry Arbutus, Pacific Madrone, Madroño, Madroña, Bearberry

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassAsteridaeA large class that encompasses asters
OrderEricalesTea, persimmon, blueberry, Brazil nut, azalea, many others
FamilyEricaceaeHeath or heather family
GenusArbutusLatin name for this tree
Cultivar‘Marina’

About plant names...

Strawberry arbutus is a hybrid two Arbutus species, both believed to be native to Europe, originating in the Mediter­ranean region. The cross is between Arbutus unedo and A. andrachne. This is one of several genetic examples in the low latitudes of Europe, known as Arbutus x andrach­noides. Scott Jones of www.plantcomprehensive.com was kind enough to correct the identification of the tree in San Francisco.

Identification: The strawberry arbutus’ most arresting feature is its bright red-orange bark, which constantly peels away from the tree. These trees reach up to 90' (27 m), but are more commonly half this size. A similar tree, the pacific madrone, is native to North America, but this hybrid is more robust and is chosen for urban plantings. The native species is sensitive to soil conditions, and is declining over its range.

Online References:

Arbutus ‘Marina’ at San Marcos Growers

Arbutus ‘Marina’ on Wikipedia

Arbutus ‘Marina’ on CalPhotos

Arbutus ‘Marina’ on FLORIDATA

Arbutus ‘Marina’ on the USDA Forest Service's Fire Effects Information Database

Arbutus ‘Marina’ on Plants for a Future, a resource and information centre for edible and otherwise useful plants

Arbutus ‘Marina’ at the USDA Forest Service's Silvics of North America site

Arbutus ‘Marina’ from the Jepson Manual

Arbutus ‘Marina’ (Strawberry Arbutus, Pacific Madrone, Madroño, Madroña, Bearberry)

6/13/2007 · Waterfront near Ghirardelli factory, San Francisco, CA
≈ 17 × 25" (42 × 64 cm)

Arbutus ‘Marina’ description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 27 Nov 2017.

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Arbutus ‘Marina’ (Strawberry Arbutus, Pacific Madrone, Madroño, Madroña, Bearberry)

4/6/2011 · Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens, Druid Hill Park, Baltimore, MD
≈ 31 × 46" (78 × 117 cm)

Arbutus ‘Marina’ (Strawberry Arbutus, Pacific Madrone, Madroño, Madroña, Bearberry)

6/13/2007 · Waterfront near Ghirardelli factory, San Francisco, CA

Arbutus ‘Marina’ (Strawberry Arbutus, Pacific Madrone, Madroño, Madroña, Bearberry)

4/6/2011 · Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens, Druid Hill Park, Baltimore, MD
≈ 12 × 8" (31 × 20 cm)

Arbutus ‘Marina’ (Strawberry Arbutus, Pacific Madrone, Madroño, Madroña, Bearberry)

8/28/2007 · Valley of the Rogue State Park, OR
≈ 17 × 12" (44 × 29 cm)