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Arbutus unedo

Strawberry tree

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Flowers

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Fruits

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Plant does fruit in November

Plant does not fruit in December

  • Botanical name: Arbutus unedo
  • Common name: Strawberry tree
  • Family: Ericaceae
  • Plant Type: Tree, Evergreen
Flower colour:

White

Foliage colour:

Green

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.

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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.

How to grow Arbutus unedo

  • Plant size

    8m height

    8m spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Back

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do not Plant in May

Do not Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do Plant in September

Do Plant in October

Do Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does flower in September

Plant does flower in October

Plant does flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Fruits
Fruits

Plant does not fruit in January

Plant does not fruit in February

Plant does not fruit in March

Plant does not fruit in April

Plant does not fruit in May

Plant does not fruit in June

Plant does not fruit in July

Plant does not fruit in August

Plant does fruit in September

Plant does fruit in October

Plant does fruit in November

Plant does not fruit in December

Arbutus unedo and wildlife

Arbutus unedo is known for attracting bees, birds and butterflies​/​moths. It nectar-pollen-rich-flowers, provides shelter and habitat and has seeds for birds.

Attractive to Bees

Does not attract Beneficial insects

Attractive to Birds

Attractive to Butterflies​/​Moths

Does not attract Other pollinators

Is Arbutus unedo poisonous?

Arbutus unedo has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People