Scattered along the rocky cliffs of Coastal BCs shoreline and fjord-like lakes, you will see red-barked trees interspersed with the pines, firs, hemlocks, and cedars. These are the majestic Arbutus trees (Arbutus menziesii), also called the Pacific Madrone. The Arbutus are also evergreens, but they have broad leaves instead of needles.
|The Arbutus has the red trunk and is tucked behind the fir tree.|
The most distinctive feature of the Arbutus is it's red trunk and branches. The bark is smooth and often peels and flakes off as the tree grows.
The wood of the Arbutus is hard and not good for the lumber industry. Besides, their growing location isn't conducive to harvesting. That leaves them for all of us to enjoy. That's fine by me. -- Margy