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ARBUTUS unedo 'Rubra'

Commonly known as Killarney strawberry tree

Hardy evergreen shrub with deep pink flowers.
Further Reading....
  • Evergreen
    Oval, shallowly toothed, glossy, mid-green leaves to 10cm (4in) long.
  • Shades of pink
    All shades of pink through to Carmine (red)
  • Height
    6m (20ft)
  • Spread
    6m (20ft)
  • Tree
    Shrubby habit. Small, pitcher-shaped dark-pink flowers appear in autumn with previous year's ripening fruit.
  • Hardy - cold winter
    Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters. May not withstand open/exposed sites or central/northern locations. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -15°C (5°F)
  • Full sun
    Sheltered site

ARBUTUS unedo 'Rubra'

 
  • Additional Features
    Ornamental bark
    Pests & Diseases
    Aphids, leaf spot.
    Place of origin
    Discovered growing wild in Ireland in 1835.
  • Flower Shape
    Panicles
    Pendent panicles to 5cm (2in) long
  • Garden Location/Conditions
    Coastal / windswept
    Slightly back from the sea with more shelter
  • Hardiness
    Fully hardy
  • Leaf margin
    Serrulate
    (see photos above)
  • Leaf shape
    Obovate
    (see photos above)
  • Pruning group
    Pruning group 1
    Suitable for: Deciduous and evergreen trees, and some deciduous shrubs.
    Pruning: Minimal pruning required. Prune wayward or crossing branches to maintain a healthy framework.
    When: When dormant in the late winter/early spring. Some in the summer/autumn to prevent bleeding of sap.

    RHS group 1
  • Seasonal Interest
    Autumn
    Spring
    Summer
    Winter
  • Soil Conditions
    Fertile well drained soil
    Humus-rich.
  • Tree Shape
    Rounded to broadly spreading
  • Wildlife
    Bee friendly
    Rabbit Resistant
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6m (20ft)
tree - guide for size not form Average Person
  6m (20ft)
 

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