Strawberry Tree Arbutus unedo
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Hardiness Zones 7 - 9The Strawberry Tree can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map. View Map
Type of treeEvergreens, Ornamental Trees
Mature HeightThe Strawberry Tree grows to be 15' - 30' feet in height.
Mature SpreadThe Strawberry Tree has a spread of about 15' - 30' at full maturity.
SunThis Strawberry Tree does well in full sun, partial shade.
SoilThe Strawberry Tree grows in acidic, alkaline, loamy, moist, sandy, well drained, wide range, clay soils.
ShapeThis 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.
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.
Rate of growth refers to the vertical increase in growth unless specified differently. Rate, as is true for size, is influenced by numerous variables such as soil, drainage, water, fertility, light, exposure, ad infinitum. The designation slow means the plant grows 12” or less per year; medium refers to 13 to 24” of growth per year; and fast to 25” or greater.Manual of Woody Landscape Plants, by Michael Dirr.