The naturally pealing bark of an Arbutus Menziesii Tree
Geographic Origin for arbutus:
British Columbia, California, Oregon and Washington
"In British Columbia, we commonly call these broadleaf, evergreen trees Arbutus. In Washington and Oregon, we call them madrona, and in California–madrone (from the Spanish word for strawberry tree–madrono).
The leathery leaves are ovate and dark, shiny green above; paler green below. The fragrant flowers are a magnet for hummingbirds which can sometimes swarm a heavily flowering tree. Other birds love the bright red-orange berries that often last till Christmas.
It is the incredible bark that makes this tree such a prize. In the early spring it looks like pale green human skin which slowly turns flesh hues and then tan. In the summer it becomes flushed with bright orange and red tones, turning a rich mahogany in autumn. Then it begins to crack and peel in fantastic shapes through the winter, revealing new skin in the spring."
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