Arbutus unedo
Garden Plant Information

Arbutus unedo - flowers

 

Arbutus unedo

 

Name

Arbutus unedo (also known as Strawberry Tree)

Genus  

Arbutus

Species

unedo

Cultivar/variety

 

General description

Spreading evergreen shrub grown for clusters of pink flowers and unusual strawberry-like fruits. Tolerates coastal exposure and atmospheric pollution. Attractive to bees.

Season of interest

Flowers in late autumn followed by strawberry-like fruits.

Key horticultural features

  1. Spreading upright shrub. H&S up to 8m.

  2. Leaves simple, lanceolate, glossy, dark green, serrated.

  3. Flowers produced in clusters on red stems. Flowers are shaped a bit like hot-air balloons, and are pink tinged with white.

  4. Fruits strawberry-like but inedible, starting pale green and ripening to red.

Cultural details

Aspect

Full sun.

Soil

Fertile and well drained. Can tolerate alkaline soil.

Hardiness

Hardy.

Maintenance

Resents disturbance so plant into final position whilst young. Remove damaged or crossing limbs in late autumn or winter. Can be affected by aphids and black spot.

Propagation

Sow seed under glass or take cuttings in summer.