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Strawberry TreeArbutus unedo

  • Northern Red Oak - Quercus rubra
  • Strawberry Tree
  • Strawberry Tree
  • Strawberry Tree
  • Strawberry Tree
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.

Hardiness Zones

The strawberry tree can be expected to grow in Hardiness Zones 4–9. View Map

Tree Type

This tree is considered both an evergreen tree and an ornamental tree. It keeps its foliage year-round and adds visual interest and beauty to landscaping.

Mature Size

The strawberry tree grows to a height of 15–30' and a spread of 15–30' at maturity.

Growth Speed Slow Growth Rate

This tree grows at a slow rate, with height increases of less than 12" per year.

Sun Preference

Full sun and partial shade are best for this tree, meaning it prefers a minimum of four hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight each day.

Soil Preference

The strawberry tree grows in acidic, alkaline, loamy, moist, sandy, well-drained and clay soils. It tolerates wet sites but does best in well-drained areas that do not experience severe drought.


This tree:
  • Blooms from October to December, with panicles of perfect urn-shaped flowers that are white to pinkish.
  • Can be grown as a shrub or small tree.
  • Yields red to orange drupes that are ½–1" in diameter and ripen in the fall. The fruit is edible, commonly used in preserves, wines and liqueurs.
  • Features oval to obovate evergreen leaves that are lustrous dark green in color and 2–4" in length.
  • Grows in a rounded shape.

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 fruit 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.