|Mature madrone - smooth margins on the leaves.|
|Baby madrones have serrated leaf edges|
|That's why I confused them with toyon!|
At first I disagreed but when I actually looked with my eyes and not with my head, I realized he is right. The leaves are quite different. I kept making up reasons why the leaves were so large and lush - all the water and food they get in their potted state, I thought.
So I compared the potted babies with young and mature toyon and madrone, and -- of course they are madrone - how could I have been so wrong!
I've already put the photos into a flickr album and annotated it - so, in the interests of getting out to do the last planting of the season --- I'll just refer you to that set for more pictures and words.