There are 12 to 14 species of flowering shrubs and trees in this genus, which are native to warm temperate regions of the Mediterranean, Western Europe, the Canary Islands and North America.
Many of them have interesting bark that peels revealing colors underneath. Leaves are leathery and evergreen. Flowers are urn-like, born on the tips of branches. The fruits are berry-like, with a warty surface and a thin fleshy region surrounding a hard stone containing seeds.
Name Derivation: This is apparantly what it is called in Latin
Common Name: Madrone
Arbutus is in the family Ericaceae.