|Madrone Arbutus menziesii|
The first is a Pacific Madrone . Arbutus menziesii. Native to Pacific coastal areas, including Pacific Northwest. I don't see them very often. They have a Dr. Seuss appearance. I like the peeling bark, sort of like a Sycamore. According to most web sites, Madrones can be very difficult to establish. The reason I'm hopeful for this one is I am thinking it's been in the container for a season and so has some fine roots. I could be wrong.
I also read that Madrones depend on mycorrhizal fungi. So I will transfer some soil from other trees, if I don't have any innoculant on hand. Which I might
I started to regret buying the Madrone, after reading how hard they can be to establish. But if it grows, it will be a conversation piece and something to be proud of.
I read that Madrones are good bee forage.
This should be a good time to plant. Start of rainy season and cooler weather.
|Sourwood Oxydendrum arboreum|
So we'll see. So far I've had good successes. These sound more challenging. Other tree species that are said to be difficult to starts, that I managed to establish, so far, include pawpaw and persimmon. The pawpaws are in their second summer, and the persimmons are finishing their first.
I might have to ask Ning to dig the holes and help me move them. I tire too easily. But these will give me something to ponder so are worth the effort.