A tree indigenous to the Pacific North West of North America including parts of Washington State, British Columbia, Vancouver Island, Georgia Strait, and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Unlike the many coniferous trees found in the same habitat, the Arbutus tree has oval shaped waxy green leaves that sprout year long. The bark of the tree is the most characteristic part , as it is the flaky paper like crimson coloured bark which sheds seasonally to reveal a tawny yellow trunk.