Arbutus Unedo

Arbutus unedo or Strawberry Tree is an evergreen tree with white creamy or pink bell-shaped flowers that later become strawberry-like fruits that taste almost like a fig. It is also called Cane Apple. It belongs to the Ericaceae family of plants. The bark also interestingly peels in strips.

Arbutus unedo does like the sun and well-drained moist soil. It is native to the Mediterranean region, in Ireland it is known as the Irish Strawberry Tree or Killarney Strawberry Tree.

Arbutus unedo grows 5 to 10 meters tall. It flowers in autumn, they are small and bell-shaped. The fruits take 12 months to mature and resemble strawberries and are edible. Arbutus Unedo flowers in autumn. The fruits are used in jams and liquors. In colder climates, it might need shelter. Propagate by seed or semi-hardwood cuttings. Watch out for aphids and Arbutus Leaf Spot.

Ericaceae
Ericaceae  Strawberry Tree
Strawberry Tree

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I am a flower enthusiast and a gardener at heart. Ever since childhood I loved reading about plants and started gardening at an early age. First by helping my father in the garden and later managing a large garden myself in my teen years. I planted and cared for a large number of plants, flowers, and trees both outdoors and in a greenhouse. To this day I enjoy visiting gardens and parks and learning about new and old specimens and varieties of plants.
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