3 Litre Pot
- Position: Full sun
- Soil: Well drained
- Growth Rate: Slow
- Flowering Period: Summer
- Hardiness: H4
- Eventual Height: Higher than 12m
- Eventual Spread: Wider than 8m
Arbutus Menziesii, also known as ‘Madrona’, is a slow growing shrubby evergreen with peeling brown bark and glossy dark green leaves which are white underneath. White flowers in upright panicles appear in early Summer which are then followed by small orange-red fruits which ripen the following year.
How to care for your Arbutus Menziesii
- Soil: This tree prefers well-draining soil that is slightly acidic with a pH range of 5.5 to 6.5. It can tolerate a wide range of soil types, including sandy, loamy, or clay soils.
- Watering: It is drought-tolerant once established and only requires watering during prolonged periods of dryness. During the first few years of growth, water regularly to help establish the plant. After that, water only during periods of drought or prolonged dryness.
- Sunlight: This tree prefers full sun to partial shade. It can tolerate some shade but may not flower as prolifically in shaded areas.
- Fertiliser: Does not require regular fertilisation. If the tree appears to be struggling or has poor growth, a light application of a balanced fertiliser in the Spring can help promote healthy growth.
- Pruning: This tree does not require pruning but can be pruned lightly in the Spring to shape it or remove any dead or diseased wood. Avoid heavy pruning, as this can cause the tree to produce excessive new growth at the expense of flowers and fruit.
- Mulching: A layer of organic mulch around the base of the tree can help retain moisture and suppress weeds. Avoid placing the mulch directly against the trunk, as this can promote fungal growth.
By following these simple care instructions, you can keep your Arbutus Menziesii healthy and thriving for many years to come. It is a slow-growing tree, so it may take several years to reach its full height and spread. However, its stunning bark, evergreen foliage, and attractive flowers and fruit make it well worth the wait.