Seed mothers are located near the most northern point of their hardiness range. They receive full sun, freezing winter snow storms, and salt spray. They are thriving.
There is more species information and really nice pics of exfoliating bark, flower and fruit. http://linnet.geog.ubc.ca/Atlas/Atlas.aspx?sciname=Arbutus%20menziesii
- Collection Date: Nov 2017
- Hardiness Zone: 7-10
- Height and Width: 10m x 10m
- Preferred conditions: sunny; well draining poor soils
- Germination test type: float
- Family: Ericaceae
How to germinate Arbutus seed:
Soak seed 24 hours. Cold stratify in a resealable baggie with moist medium 60 days. Sow thinly in containers or flats. Growing medium should be well draining gritty medium. Use sharp sand as the sowing surface. Press seed into sand. Do not cover. Keep moist, shaded, and cool. Prick out seedlings (if growing in flats not growing in dedicated containers) at second true leaf stage in pots to minimize handling. Seat in their final growing position where their roots will not be disturbed. I haven’t tried baggie sowing these, but I can’t see where this technique would be a problem.