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Arbutus unedo - Strawberry Tree


USDA Zones 7 - 10

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Full sun to partial shade except in desert regions where more shade is necessary

Tolerant of any soil

Drought tolerant once established. Does well even in desert regions, where it may need watering only during the fall and winter

Evergreen broadleaf shrub or small tree with a spreading habit. The species can get up to 30 ft (9 m) tall and just as wide but many of the popular cultivars are smaller

Small white or pinkish flowers are urn-shaped about 2 in (5 cm) long. Bright red fruits are 3/4 in (2 cm) inch in diameter. Friut take a year to ripen, and is edible but mealy and bland


Both flowers and fruits can be present at the same time. Strawberry tree in fruit is very showy with gray-brown bark that flakes and peels in thin plates to reveal the reddish young bark beneath. It is an excellent choice for a shrub border or woodland garden, or even as a small specimen tree. Smaller cultivars are good in containers or on the patio. The Strawberry tree is a good choice for coastal areas since it is salt tolerant.


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