I thought I'd start posting my findings on this enigmatic tree. First of all some photos to bolster my credibility as I am sure what I will be saying will fly in the face of conventional wisdom ( I call it 'urban legends'). The first picture shows a ten foot specimen transplanted 2 years ago. In the second one you can see the amount of root disturbance this plant has gone through to effect a bonsai cultivatable stock where the growths can be manipulated into twist and turns just by orientating the tree about its flexible roots. The third picture and subsequent close up show a sample grown in a bottle. The next one shows the plants in my mini-nursery where the two year olds are projected to put on four feet of growths. The last pictures show the flowers on the ten foot tree. The five months indoors without sun probably delayed the blooming and caused the lost of a lot of the buds. While not a textbook way of laying down some of my findings, I will jump in with a time appropriate discussion --- summer irrigation. This tree will not survive in the urban environment without human intervention to provide water. Remember in the wild, especially in the mountain rocks there are natural aquifers. There are no such things where we live after we've put up tar and cement, roofs and downpipes and the almighty storm drains. The arbutus tree uses water more wantonly then the proverbial water thirsty rose, so if you have just transplanted one into the ground, water, water and more water! Why do people say don't water? Probably because of thr 'Dead man walking' syndrome exhibited by this plant to be discussed at a later date. Supprisingly, this syndrome is caused mostly by dehydration.