I recently shared a few of my favorite trees (here if you missed it) but didn’t have room to include them all. So this post is dedicated to another beauty – the Pacific Madrona – or Madrone if you prefer.
A native of the Pacific Northwest – just like me – I love its blistering red cinnamon bark, peeling away to reveal smooth pistachio beneath.
They love to hang out on bluffs and cliffs over water – as here at Deception Pass. I can still see them in my mind’s eye looking just like this, hovering over Hood Canal where I spent many summers as a child.
I found this giant beauty on a walk at Lincoln Park
and this one at Seward Park glistening in the rain.
Sometimes they grow tall and erect but just as often, they grow twisting and reaching for exactly what I don’t know.
Native Americans used all parts of the Madrona for food and medicinal purposes. Many birds and mammals eat the berries and use the trees for nesting.
Beautiful at sunset this one positively glowed at Seward Park.