Arizona Maderone (Arbutus arizonica)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Arizona Maderone
Arbutus arizonica
Ericaceae

Wood – heavy, soft, close-grained, brittle[82]. It produces a fine grade of charcoal[229].

  • Medicinal Use

    The bitter principles in the bark and leaves can be used as an astringent[229].

  • Edible Use

    Fruit – raw. The fruit is about 8mm in diameter with a thin sweetish flesh[82].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – best surface sown in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe. Stored seed should be soaked for 5 – 6 days in warm water and then surface sown in a shady position in a greenhouse[78]. Do not allow the compost to become dry. 6 weeks cold stratification helps[134]. The seed usually germinates well in 2 – 3 months at 20¡c[134]. Seedlings are prone to damp off[184], they are best transplanted to individual pots as soon as they are large enough to handle and should be kept well ventilated. Grow them on in a greenhouse for their first winter and then plant out in late spring after the last expected frosts[K]. Basal cuttings in late winter[200]. Cuttings of mature wood of the current season’s growth, November/December in a frame. Poor percentage[78]. Layering of young wood – can take 2 years[1, 200].
Requires a lime-free nutrient-rich well-drained moisture-retentive soil in sun or semi-shade and shelter from cold drying winds, especially when young[200]. Succeeds in dry soils[82]. Plants are hardy to about -15¡c[166, 200]. A slow-growing tree[229].
South-western N. America – S. Arizona to New Mexico.

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