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(Strawberry tree)

Arbutus unedo is a fabulous evergreen plant, native to the Mediterranean and parts of western Europe. It can be grown as a shrub or small tree reaching heights up to 10m.

The foliage is dark green and glossy with a serrated margins. When the new foliage emerges it has a red margin offering a beautiful contrast to the dark green.

The best season for admiring the Strawberry tree is the Autumn when the flowers are produced and the fruits from the previous year ripen simultaneously.

The flowers are small, white and bellshaped, borne in clusters often made of up to 30 individual flowers. The fruits are small, spherical and with a rough texture. They ripen to a deep red and from a distance resemble strawberries, hence the name! This is where the similarities end though as the fruit, whilst edible, has been described as bland or insipid to taste.

Even the bark on a Strawberry tree is an attractive feature, peeling in long, narrow strips reveling the coppery orange colours underneath.

Arbutus unedo will grow on most moist-well drained soils and surprisingly for this family will tolerate lime. It is also resistant to urban pollution and coastal sites though not cold northern or easterly winds.

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Plant Profile

Name: Arbutus unedo

Common name: Strawberry tree

Family: Ericaceae

Height: 5-10m tall

Demands: Moist - well drained soil. Will tolerate chalk, urban pollution and strong (not cold) winds. Dislikes root disturbance so needs to be planted in its final position.

Foliage: Dark green and glossy. Evergreen

Flower: Cluster of tiny white bells

Fruit: Small spherical fruit, ripening to deep red and resemble strawberries

Bark: Rough, peeling in long strips exposing orange underneath

Good for: Urban locations, coastal areas, small gardens, evergreen screening.

Download Arbutus unedo info sheet (PDF)

FACT: The Bear and the Strawberry Tree form part of the coat of arms for the city of Madrid where it is known as the MadroƱo tree.

Ripening fruit of the beautiful Strawberry tree

Ripening fruit of the beautiful Strawberry tree

Half stem Arbutus unedo specimen

Half stem Arbutus unedo specimen

40-45cm half stem specimen

40-45cm half stem specimen

Autumn flower of Arbutus unedo

Autumn flower of Arbutus unedo

2.5-3.0m Arbutus unedo

2.5-3.0m Arbutus unedo

4-5m multistemmed Arbutus unedo

4-5m multistemmed Arbutus unedo

Attractive bark of the Strawberry tree

Attractive bark of the Strawberry tree

 

2-3m Strawberry trees in air-pots at Deepdale Trees

2-3m Strawberry trees in air-pots at Deepdale Trees


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