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Arbutus unedo

Strawberry tree

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Features

  • Blooms & FruitsSeptember & October
  • Height4m to 6m
  • Spread3m to 8m
  • Growth HabitUpright round
  • Flower ColourWhite, pink
  • Leaf ColourGlossy mid green

Description

Arbutus unedo (Strawberry tree). This species has red-brown bark which will crack to reveal a smooth, red inner bark. The leaves are oval dark and glossy and about 5 to 7cms long. The flowers, which appear in autumn and winter, are small and bloom white-pink. The fruits are mealy and bland but very attractive to birds.

Characteristics

Woody perennial, Evergreen, Tree

Origin

Mediterranean, Turkey, Lebanon

Interest and use

Specimen, ornamental orange-red berries fruit, hedging. Suitable for coastal conditions.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilClay, Light, Medium
  • Soil pH7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

The Strawberry Tree is tolerant to a wide range of soils types and conditions.

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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