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Philip M. McDonald and John C. Tappeiner, II
Pacific madrone (Arbutus menziesii) is one of the most widely distributed tree species native to the Pacific coast. Named for its discoverer, Archibald Menzies, a 19th century Scottish physician and naturalist, the species is called arbutus in Canada, and madrone, madroñia, or madroño in the United States. The latter name is ascribed to Father Juan Crespi, chronicler of the 1769 Portola expedition.
Although examples of fine furniture and attractive veneer from madrone are common, utilization is far below potential and management is almost nil.