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Commonly known as Killarney strawberry tree.
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Oval, shallowly toothed, glossy, mid-green leaves to 10cm (4in) long.
Spreading, sometimes shrubby tree with rough, shredding, red-brown bark. Small, pitcher-shaped 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)
Good to know - ultimate size in 20-50 years. Fruit is edible but bland and mealy. An inventory in a Wimbledon garden in 1649 includes the Irish arbutis. Wildlife plant - insects.
Pests & Diseases
aphids, leaf spot.
Place of origin
southwestern Ireland, southeastern Europe, Turkey, Lebanon,
pendent panicles to 5cm (2in) long
Suitable for small gardens
Serrulate see photos above
Obovate see photos above
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
Fertile well drained soil - humus-rich
Rounded to broadly spreading
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- Removing peeling bark - Video Tip ondemand_video
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Buy Varieties of ARBUTUS unedo
Smaller growing form with a dense habit
Hardy evergreen shrub with deep pink flowers.