The Strawberry Tree is a picturesque out-of-season plant with off-season flowers.
Strawberry-Tree will grow at a slow pace when planted in either full sun or partial shade on well-drained, acid soil. Plants are tolerant of wind and some drought once established and grow in well-drained clay. It is one of the most attractive small trees available for residential use but unfortunately is not normally available in the east. It could be grown and tried in the Deep South.
The small red fruit of the Strawberry Tree is an important food source for forest animals during the winter. Birds, in particular, enjoy the fruits, and enhance the propagation of the tree by spreading its seeds.
The Strawberry Tree supplies tannin and has edible berries used in preserves, wines, and liqueurs.
The Strawberry Tree tolerates wet sites, but does best in well-drained areas that do not experience severe drought.
The leaves of the Strawberry Tree are 2-3" long, oval and dark green.
The blooms are urn-shaped and pink.
The Strawberry Tree blooms from October through December..
The Strawberrytree produces a small (1/2-1") red or orange fruit.