NT1682 : Madrona Tree

taken 12 years ago, near to Dalgety Bay, Fife, Great Britain

Madrona Tree
Madrona Tree
Known locally and nameplated as "The Madrona Tree".

Not particularly common round here but thriving in the grounds of the old Donibristle Estate. This Arbutus Menziesii (Pacific Madrone or Madrona Tree LinkExternal link ) is one of only twenty or so growing in Scotland. This very tree is in fact the largest of its kind (in both height and girth) in the whole of the British isles.

Archibald Menzies, the Scottish botanist and surgeon was the first to describe the tree botanically.

It has several names, including (European species) the 'Strawberry Tree'. Also 'Bearberry'. North American members of the genus are called 'Madrones', from the Spanish name madroņo. According to the 'Sunset Western Garden Book', the name 'Madrone' is used south of the Siskiyou Mountains of southern Oregon/northern California and the name 'Madrona' is used north of the Siskiyou Mountains.

Arbutus is a genus of at least 14 species of flowering plants in the family Ericaceae, native to warm temperate regions of the Mediterranean, western Europe, and North America. LinkExternal link

Madrone Archive Project, Scotland: LinkExternal link (Archive LinkExternal link )

There are some further examples of this genus of tree in Scotland: LinkExternal link
and another two in the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh.
One in the grounds of Castle Menzies, near Aberfeldy LinkExternal link. One in the grounds of Innes House, near to Lochhill, Elgin, Morayshire LinkExternal link and one in the grounds at Carberry Tower Estate LinkExternal link
Some real Strawberry Trees - Arbutus unedo - at Tyninghame and at the entrance to Dunglass House, East Lothian.

Only one other shown on Geograph so far in England LinkExternal link

More info: LinkExternal link

Look at that lamppost: LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Sunday, 4 March, 2007   (more nearby)
Sunday, 10 June, 2007
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OSGB36: geotagged! NT 160 829 [100m precision]
WGS84: 56:1.8960N 3:20.9722W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NT 160 829
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Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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