Latin name: Arbutus menziesii Pursh
Pronunciation: ar-BEW-tus MEN-zees-ee-eye
Common name: Pacific madrone
Family: Ericaceae (Heath)
Habitat: Coniferous and oak forests to 4500', wooded slopes and canyons, West Transverse Range, San Gabriels, Peninsular Range, uncommon in SoCal
Blooming period: March to May
Name derivations: 1) Arbutus 2) menziesii
NOTE: Pronunciation based on original Scottish pronunciation of the name Menzies. If you don't choose to pronounce it this way, it would be MEN-zeez-ee-eye.