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Madrone Arbutus menziesii

LITTLE-USED HARDWOOD RESEMBLING CHERRY
Madrone has some similarity to a fruitwood, and is known in the United Kingdom as the strawberry tree. It is like a combination of pearwood and black cherry, being a pinkish brown with subtle, straight grain patterning, though the coloring tends to be irregular. An evergreen hardwood, it grows along the northwest coast of North America. Madrone finishes well and is relatively easy to work, though it is reported to dull machine blades quickly, and some woodworkers say it is difficult to glue. It does not season well and is not particularly stable once dry.

KEY CHARACTERISTICS

Type Temperate hardwood
Other names Madrona, Pacific madrone, madrono, bullbay, big laurel, bat tree, arbuti tree, strawberry tree (U. K.)
Related species A. procera, A. unedo (strawberry madrone), A. crispo, A. salicifolia, A. serratifolia, A. vulgaris
Sources Northwest North America
Color Pink-brown with paler streaks
Texture Fine and even, and very smooth to touch
Grain Generally straight
Hardness Medium
Weight Medium to heavy (48 lb./cu. ft.) (770 kg/cu. m)

AVAILABILITY AND SUSTAINABILITY
Not widely available, nor seemingly endangered, as it is not of great commercial value. The burls are valued for making pipes and veneer.




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