Arbutus unedo

Arbutus unedo

Strawberry tree

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Arbutus unedo
  • Common name: Strawberry tree
  • Plant type: Tree
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Evergreen

Height: 8m

Spread: 8m

Flower colour:
  • White
Foliage colour:
  • Green
  • Features: Attractive to wildlife, Colourful bark, Flowers, Fruit

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Arbutus unedo is a large, bushy, evergreen shrub, with rough bark and dark green leathery leaves. Its bell-shaped autumn flowers resemble those of lily of the valley, while its fruits resemble strawberries. Both the flowers and fruit appear at the same time, making it a particularly lovely specimen, especially in small gardens.

For best results, grow Arbutus unedo in a sheltered spot in moist but well-drained soil in sun or partial shade. It's tolerant of chalk soils and thrives in coastal areas, but it can also be grown inland.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Aspect: South facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Back
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

  • Wildlife features: Nectar/pollen rich flowers, Provides shelter/habitat, Seeds for birds

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Effects: No toxic effects reported for this plant.

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