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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.
Trees and shrubs
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.
Fertile well drained soil - humus- rich.
Buy Varieties of ARBUTUS
Smooth bark, peeling in summer to reveal a green layer which later becomes orange-brown
Lime tolerant and hardy this small tree has beautiful cinnamon-red branches. It flowers in late autumn and winter
White flowers, red fruit
Smaller growing form with a dense habit
Hardy evergreen shrub with deep pink flowers.