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ARBUTUS

Commonly known as Strawberry tree



Genus of about 14 species of evergreen trees and shrubs.

Their attractive bark and growth forms make them characterful specimens.

They originate from Portugal to Turkey, Cyprus and Lebanon and from western North America to Mexico and Guatemala, mainly from rocky habitats.

Unedo also hails from southwestern Ireland with its label Killarney strawberry tree. Unedo is said to translate as "eat one only", an observation by Pliny on its less than pleasant taste, though this is transformed in its incarnation as "Aguardente de Medronhos", a fiery fruit brandy from Portugal.

Further Reading....

  • Evergreen - trees and shrubs
  • Full sun - sheltered spot.
  • Additional Features - Good to know - good for woodland gardens or as specimen trees.
  • Pests & Diseases - aphids, leaf spot.
  • Place of origin - Portugal, Turkey, Cyprus, Lebanon, western North America to Mexico.
  • Soil Conditions - Fertile well drained soil - humus- rich.

Buy Varieties of ARBUTUS

ARBUTUS menziesii

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Commonly known as: Madroña.
Rare species with very attractive reddish-brown bark peeling to reveal green underneath. Flowers in MAR-APR are followed by orange-yellow fruits
£25.00 each

ARBUTUS unedo

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Commonly known as: Killarney strawberry tree..
White flowers, red fruit
£15.00 each
Large £50.00 each
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ARBUTUS unedo 'Compacta'

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Commonly known as: Killarney strawberry tree.
Smaller growing form with a dense habit
£15.00 each

ARBUTUS unedo 'Rubra'  AWARD

ARBUTUS unedo 'Rubra'  >


Commonly known as: Killarney strawberry tree.
Hardy evergreen shrub with deep pink flowers.
£15.00 each

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