Generally, madrone species are difficult to keep alive in the nursery for longer than 5-8 years because they're so susceptible to root rot. But this is a robust hybrid, a truly exceptional nursery plant. Drought tolerant, easily grown and attractive reddish flowers accent its handsome, orange-cinnamon bark. The biggest specimen in the US is 45 x 45 ft., but it is generally of smaller stature, a superb selection for CA and sunny south exposures in the PNW.
For the milder parts of the country this evergreen dogwood is a real show stopper. The foliage is deep green and contrast very well with the large, rounded, overlapping white bracts which nearly obscure the foliage. Easily trained to very nice tree form. Fine with strong winds and not bothered by pests.