The Strawberry or Madrone tree is a small evergreen native to the Mediterranean region. Given their origin, it is no surprise that these trees can thrive in Davis, but few are found. The tree that Ann Denvir planted in 1980 in front of her home at 1614 Orange Lane is now nearly 40-ft tall and 30-ft wide, with a girth of 4.3 ft. She enjoys the dark green glossy foliage, white bell-shaped flowers and round red berries that appear in fall when the tree is flowering.
It is an elegant ornamental with dark green glossy foliage, white bell-shaped flowers and round red berries that appear in fall when the tree is flowering.
This elegant ornamental is easy to grow and has other attributes. The fruit are edible and used to make jams and yogurt, the wood is hard and used to make bowls, pipes and canes, and it is a fire resistant plant for reforestation. The Strawberry tree (el madroño) makes up part of the Coat of Arms of Madrid, Spain. We can use more trees like this to diversify our urban forest in Davis.