Strawberry tree

Arbutus unedo

Strawberry tree - Arbutus unedo

Common Name: Strawberry tree
Genus: Arbutus
Species: unedo

Category: Trees
Growth Rate: Slow growing
Features: Has interesting bark, Has interesting foliage, Has interesting/colourful ornamental fruit

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 8.00 m (800 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 8.00 m (800 cm)

Foliage Type: EvergreenFlower Colour: Pink, White
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: September to November

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained

  • Spreading shrubby tree with shredding brown bark and glossy bright green leaves. It is attractive in autumn when the white flowers often tinged pink are produced and the fruit from last year are turning red. The tree gets it's name from these fruits which look like strawberries but sadly don't taste like them. An excellent tree for costal gardens or in a sheltered spot inland.

  • Garden care: Requires minimal pruning. Remove any broken, diseased or crossing branches in late autumn or winter. When planting, incorporate lots of well-rotted garden compost in the planting hole and stake well.