Spring Frost Variegated Madrone Tree
Finally a variegated form of Arbutus! Spring Frost Variegated Madrone is the first one we’ve ever seen and we’re absolutely in love with it. If the classic Marina Madrone wasn’t already sexy enough it now comes in a variegated form! Appears to be equally as hardy as Marina, to about 15º F.
The Marina Madrone Tree is one of our favorite strawberry tree cultivars! Though the exact heritage of the Marina variety is unknown it is thought to be a cross between Arbutus unedo and other European Arbutus species. Marina looks very similar to our native Pacific Madrone (Arbutus menziesii) but does much better in cultivated landscapes than the native madrone. Marina is very drought tolerant once established and makes an excellent street tree or landscape focal point.
Latin Name: Arbutus sp.
Site and Soil: Arbutus like 1/2 day to full sun and well-drained soil.
Hardiness: Hardy to 15º F., possibly lower
Bearing Age: 2 – 3 years after planting.
Size at Maturity: 15-40 ft. in height
Pests & Diseases: Arbutus are not generally bothered by pests or diseases.
USDA Zone: 7