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Plantidote of the Day 2012-04-23

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Tree bark

I can only imagine how shocked you will be to learn that I have no idea what kind of tree this is. I've walked past it a lot and always assumed it was a eucalyptus, a) because we have a ton of eucalyptus trees here in Zone 10 and b) their trunks tend to peel like this. I've never seen a chartreuse eucalyptus trunk before, but figured it was one of the less common varieties. Wrong!

It wasn't until I was photographing it that I looked up and realized it was something else. But what? No idea! Most of the leaves were off, so it's deciduous. And it's about 30 or maybe 40 feet tall. Other than that, your guess is as good as mine. Look familiar?

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Submitted by Carolannie on

Madrone of some sort? They definitely have different leaves from eucalyptus, but they aren't often leafless. The leaves are usually dark green and waxy looking, but do turn brown at the end of the leaf's life cycle.

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Submitted by twig on

It sure looks like the other madrone pictures online. Very cool! I've never even heard of these trees, but here's what the garden guide says:

Main feature is smooth, reddish brown bark that peels in thin flakes. Leathery, 3 -6-inch-long leaves are shiny dark green on top, dull gray green beneath....If you live in madrone country and have a tree in your garden, treasure it. It is exacting in requirements in gardens outside of its native area. Must have fast drainage and nonalkaline water.

They should have some flowers soon, followed by fruit, and both sound spectacular. Maybe I can get a second photo soon!