Victoria in Capital Regional District, British Columbia — Canada’s West Coast
Arbutus Tree (Arbutus menziesii)
The only native broadleaf evergreen tree in Canada, the Arbutus is found from the southern coastline of BC to California. In BC the Arbutus grows in a narrow band along the south coast line, generally within 5 kilometers (3 miles), of the ocean. It can grow up to 30 meters tall (100 feet), with a crooked or leaning trunk that divides into several twisting upright branches and an irregularly rounded crown. The Arbutus can live for 500 years.
In Washington and Oregon State the tree is known as the Madrona, and in California as Madrone, (Spanish for strawberry tree). The Scottish botanist Archibal Menzies, a naturalist who accompanied Captain George Vancouver on his voyage around the world on HMS Discovery, first collected specimens in 1792. His name is commemorated in the name Arbutus menziesii.
The bark of the Arbutus is easily recognized with its thin, smooth, and reddish-brown colour. The peeling is natural, in thin flakes or strips to expose younger, smooth, greenish to cinnamon-red bark underneath. The flowers have a strong honey smell and are very attractive to bees. The leaves can stay on the tree for up to two
Erected by The Fairmont Empress Victoria.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Natural Features.
Location. 48° 25.348′ N, 123° 22.077′ W. Marker is in Victoria, British Columbia, in Capital Regional District. Marker is on Government Street just north of Belleville Street, on the right when traveling north. Marker and tree are on the northwest grounds of The Fairmont Empress hotel. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 721 Government Street, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1W5, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Royal Canadian Navy (within shouting distance of this marker); Empress Hotel (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); The Parade of Ships (about 90 meters away); Customs House (about 120 meters away); Capt. James Cook, R.N. (about 120 meters away); 100th Anniversary of the Canadian NavyWindsor Hotel (about 150 meters away); The “Veteran Sailor” (about 150 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Victoria.
Also see . . . The Arbutus Tree. (Submitted on June 14, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 26, 2019. It was originally submitted on June 14, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 462 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 14, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.