An Arbutus tree lives up to 500 years and grows to 100 feet tall. They are restricted to a narrow band along the south coast of British Columbia, Canada, generally occurring within 8 kilometers of the ocean.
Arbutus is a deciduous tree that does not shed its leaves in winter. New leaves grow and old leaves fall off in July. In summer the reddish brown bark sheds its skin and falls to the ground to reveal new green bark.