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Arbutus Genus

Strawberry tree

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilClay, Well drained, Fertile, Chalky
  • Soil pH5.0 to 7.0
  • WaterDry

Description

Arbutus genus (Strawberry tree). This genus consists of 11 species of evergreen trees and shrubs. They have thick trunks with peeling bark and ovate, finely toothed leaves. The flowers are small white-pink and bell shaped. The fruits resemble round strawberries and are edible, although bland. Because the fruits don't develop on the plant for 5 months after pollination, these plants have both fruits and flowers at the same time.

Characteristics

Woody perennials, Semi-evergreens, Shrubs or Trees

Origin

Turkey, Cyprus, N America

Interest and use

Ornamental fruits and flowers. Suitable for coastal conditions. The wood is used as fuel and in traditional medicine of the Straits Salish people of Vancouver Island.

Cultivation

They are frost hardy but will need protection from strong, cold winds when young. They prefer full sun and fertile, well-drained soil.

Propagation

Propagation is by semi-ripe cuttings in the late summer or by seed in the autumn.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Leaf spot.

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