The Pacific Madrone – a beautiful and distinctive tree of the northwest found from California to British Columbia. It likes sandy soil, and grows near cliffs and along the seashore. But it’s highly sensitive to human activities – road building, development, even kids climbing on it. The Pacific Madrone can’t thrive in an intense urban setting. It’s a tree best left alone and perhaps that’s incompatible in a city. What happens to a tree that doesn’t like human company?