Botanical Name: Arbutus unedo
Common Name: Strawberry Tree  
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Tree, Shrub


Height Range

6-12', 12-25'


Flower Color



Flower Season

Winter, Fall


Leaf Color

Green, Dark Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season

Winter, Fall


Full, Half





Growth Rate

Moderate, Slow


Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH

Acid, Neutral


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Mediterranean, Ranch, Spanish


Accenting Features



Seasonal Interest

Winter, Fall


Location Uses

Background, Patio, Park, Roadside


Special Uses

Container, Screen, Fire Resistant


Attracts Wildlife

Birds, Wildlife

Information by: Jerry Sortomme Editor
  • Description

  • Notes

This plant is either a small tree or large evergreen shrub. It has a red-brownish trunk and branches that are twisted with age. The dark green leaves have red stems. It has clusters of small, white or greenish-white urn shaped flowers and small, red and yellow fruit that has a strawberry like texture from which the common name is derived. It has slow to moderate growth to 15' with the same spread. It can become damaged in severe winters.
Planting: 1. Dig a hole 1" less the depth and 2 times the width of the container. 2. Fill hole with water, let soak. 3. Set root ball in hole. 4. Fill hole halway with native soil and water. 5. Finish backfilling hole, build basin and water.