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Strawberry Tree Arbutus unedo

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Zones 7 - 9 Zones 7 - 9
Hardiness Zones 7 - 9
The Strawberry Tree can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the zone map. View Map
Evergreen Evergreen
Type of tree
Evergreens, Ornamental Trees
15' - 30' High 15' - 30' High
Mature Height
The Strawberry Tree grows to be 15' - 30' feet in height.
15' - 30' Spread 15' - 30' Spread
Mature Spread
The Strawberry Tree has a spread of about 15' - 30' at full maturity.
Slow Growth Slow Growth
Growth Rate
This tree grows at a slow growth rate. More about this.
Full Sun Full Sun
This Strawberry Tree does well in full sun, partial shade.
Various Soils Various Soils
The Strawberry Tree grows in acidic, alkaline, loamy, moist, sandy, well drained, wide range, clay soils.
Rounded Shape Rounded Shape
This Strawberry Tree has rounded shape.

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.

Wildlife Value

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.

Flower Color

The blooms are urn-shaped and pink.

Bloom Time

The Strawberry Tree blooms from October through December.

Fruit Description

The Strawberrytree produces a small (1/2-1") red or orange fruit.