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Arbutus unedo (Strawberry Tree)

Arbutus unedo (Strawberry Tree)
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Type Tree, Shrub (Multi-stemmed Plant), Evergreen, Flowering
Form Compact Rounded Tree, Architectural Form
Size Small Tree (1.5 to 3m height)
Colours White Flowers (Autumn), Medium green Foliage
Care Low/Easy Maintenance - Tough Plant
Hardiness Frost hardy, Drought Tolerant, Seaside Friendly
Growth Medium Growing Plant
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Arbutus unedo Description

This distinctive native evergreen, with its fleshy leaves and reddish bark, will eventually grow into an impressive small tree. Arbutus produces racemes of white flowers in late summer, which in turn produce rounded fruit.


Arbutus unedo - Cultivation Notes

Arbutus prefers an acidic soil that is well drained. Plant in a position that is sheltered and receives full sun - ideally south facing. Prune to shape in spring. Arbutus is well suited to seaside areas.


Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage


Strengths of Arbutus unedo:

  • Sun loving drought tolerant plant
  • Ornamental winter bark / tracery
  • Attracts wildlife to feed or nest
  • All round tough plant suitable for problem areas
  • Ideal for fast growing screening
  • Provides valuable winter interest
  • Evergreen foliage for all year round colour and screening
  • Architectural plant – ideal as a ‘stand out’ plant
  • Suitable for exposed coastal planting
  • Fruit / berry producing
  • Attractive form or foliage for all year interest
  • Tolerates full sun and sandy, drought-prone soils
  • Tolerates cold exposed locations

Design & Plant Use for Arbutus unedo:

  • Evergreen plant with attractive foliage for winter interest
  • Plant for extreme coastal screening
  • Added winter interest from attractive bark or stems

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