Trade name: Madrona burl
Country of origin: USA
Occurrence: In North America along the Pacific coast from Canada to California and Mexico. The Madrona burl forms its burl as a root tuber half above, half below ground, i.e., the tuber must be dug up in order to harvest it. This is still done by hand in many cases in the USA to avoid damage to the valuable wood by heavy machinery.
Uses: Peeling wood for fine face veneers, for luxury interior finishing, luxury furniture, inlays, cabinetmaking.
Character: The numerous burls, which are often found in small groups on the veneer pattern of the Madrona burl, appear like the delicate peaks of small hills. Between them are sometimes slightly indicated waves, which arise due to the annual ring. The color, which nuances from orange-brown to pale reddish-brown, is reminiscent of a warm and friendly watercolor image and of the very similar veneer image of the sycamore burl. Blue discolored parts are common.
Specialties: Madrona is also known as strawberry tree. The wood, although very hard and therefore easy to process, is used rather regionally. More popular are the fruits of the tree, which are distilled in the Algarve to the typical schnapps.