Arbutus menziesii, or the Pacific Madrone, is a striking, large tree, native in Oregon along the Coast Range and in the Willamette Valley. The thick, dark green leaves - similar to those of a Southern Magnolia - and the orange-red, peeling bark really make for a beautiful tree. If you happen to have one in your yard or somewhere you can frequently enjoy it, count yourself lucky. I hear they're notoriously hard to transplant and care for.
The Madrone has small, white flowers which give way to red-orange berries, loved by many types of birds, including Cedar Waxwings. (I once saw Cedar Waxwings enjoying the berries on Elk Rock Island.)
|Peeling bark of the Pacific Madrone. Photo credit: Wikipedia/NaJina McEnany, some rights reserved|