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Sunday, February 26, 2012

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Fruit Warehouse | Madrono ( Arbutus ) | Arbutus are small trees or shrubs with flaking red bark and edible red berries. Fruit development is delayed for about five months after pollination, flowers That Appear so while the previous year's fruit are ripening.


A study published in 2001 the which analyzed ribosomal DNA from Arbutus and related genera Suggests That Arbutus is paraphyletic and the Mediterranean Basin species of Arbutus are more closely related to Arctostaphylos, Arctous, Comarostaphylis, Ornithostaphylos and Xylococcus than to the western North American species of Arbutus, and that 'The Split Between the two groups of species Occurred at the Paleogene / Neogene boundary.


The Arbutus unedo tree makes up part of the coat of arms (El oso y el Madrono, The Bear and the Strawberry Tree) of the city of Madrid, Spain. In the center of the city (Puerta del Sol) there is a statue of a bear eating the fruit of the tree Madrono. The image Appears on city Crests, taxi cabs, man-hole covers, and other city infrastructure. The fruit of the tree Madrono ferments on the tree if left to ripen, so some of the bears from eating drunk Become the berries.


The Arbutus was Important to the Straits Salish people of Vancouver Island, WHO used Arbutus bark and leaves to create medicines for colds, stomach problems, and tuberculosis, and as the basis for contraceptives. The tree also figured into Certain Myths of the Straits Salish. In Madrid the fruit is distilled into Madrono, a sweet, fruity liqueur. Arbutus is a great fuelwood tree since it burns hot and long. 
 

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