The false azalea (Menziesia ferruginea) belongs to Ericaceae (the Azalea family). It is a small deciduous tree that is native to northwestern North America, from Alaska through the Pacific Northwest to Wyoming in the United States. This tree grows in deeply shaded, moist woods at low to high elevations, and it can reach about 3 m in height. The twigs are slender, reddish brown and somewhat pubescent. The leaves are dark green, obovate to elliptic, and alternate with a finely serrate or entire margin. The yellow to orange-pink, urn-shaped flowers bloom in few-flowered clusters from May to July.