|Detail of Arbutus in Roche Cove Park, Sooke|
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Some of the Arbutus noted are street trees in urban areas, while others can be found in more natural and remote settings. All are amazing trees surviving in a harsh, coastal environment. Often living on rocks in marginal soil not far from the ocean, these tough trees withstand constant pounding from water and wind storms. When a calmer summer arrives, Arbutus are denied water for extended lengths of time during these droughts.
|Big Arbutus and Douglas-fir, Roche Cove Park, Sooke|
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This is a very interesting, low carbon method to see some of the urban trees without leaving your own home. A good rainy day winter activity.
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