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What would the magickal uses be for arbutus?

would also like the igredients for things like stomach aches, etc.


-starlet_moon_child

drunken[edit]

the fruit can easily to have etilic alcohol. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 212.97.181.220 (talk) 17:29, 11 January 2007 (UTC).

I enjoyed eating the fruits of specific trees found during the summer months at various university campuses between San Fancisco and Santa Barbara. They varied in seed size and digestive irritation due to the seeds, as well as size, bumpiness of the skin, and presence of small solid particles in the skin, but also in flavor. While many trees had relatively flavorless fruit, a comprehensive search some 20 years ago found that there were a handful that would have made great cultivars, if I'd been able to get anyone interested (which I was not, due to local attitudes). The best tree had fruits the size of golf balls, with a taste that ranged, as it ripened, from tart strawberry mixed with melon notes, to a winey almost liquer-like flavor as they disintegrated. I'm hoping one day to go back and see if this tree survived, and take cuttings for rooting and propagation. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 71.127.246.147 (talk) 08:53, 5 May 2010 (UTC)

This article and the article for Pacific Madrone are clearly incorrect. The Madrone is not an evergreen tree, it loses it's leaves, and there for is a Deciduous tree. It is not at all considered a shrub since it can grow to 25 meters high. I have also see one that has grown 6 feet thick like an Oak Tree. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 69.59.192.10 (talk) 03:25, 23 October 2007 (UTC)

From what I understand, it is partially evergreen, because although it loses old leaves (particularly in early summer) it is never barren and always has leaves. Incidentally, it's striking how these trees all look so similar, as widely distributed as they are from Greece to California to Baja, Mexico. They all have the beautiful glossy green leaves and peeling cinammon-coloured bark.207.216.51.14 (talk) 07:48, 6 September 2008 (UTC)

evergreen or not?[edit]

According to Enc.Britannica, Arbutus is a "genus of about 14 species of broad-leaved evergreen shrubs or trees." So it is evergreen, it seems, but the Wikipedia article claims it's not. Can someone figure this out?

It has leaves all year round. It's evergreen. Individual leaves fall off - as also happens with other evergreen trees, like pines and firs - but it always keeps some leaves and never sheds them all at the same time like a birch or alder. 67.158.66.240 (talk) 20:01, 7 October 2008 (UTC)The

Arbutus tree sheds it's bark, not leaves

Cultivar 'Marina'[edit]

The following text is removed from the page pending cleanup to encyclopedic style: "Victor Reiter & his son V.R.,Jr. purchased their madrone from Captain Abraham of the Golden Gate Nursery located in what eventually became known as the marina District. The Reiters eventually lost the label so ,of course, the tree throve. When I first encountered it to relive it of extraneous endweight and dying density, the tree was about 45 ft tall and 45-50 ft wide. For years Victor tried to get the commercial nurseries to propagate it. Finally they did, and its popularity took off. The name 'Marina' was a "working" name to be used until someone came forth to give the correct one.That has not yet happened. Meanwhile the Reiter specimen died a few years ago from an Armillaria fungal attack. It was about 18 inches in diameter. DNA analysis would most likely reveal the mix of parent species. How old this clone is, we do not yet know. Neither do we yet know the actual life expectancy" Nadiatalent (talk) 11:54, 22 June 2011 (UTC)