Arbutus unedo or Strawberry Tree is an evergreen tree with white creamy or pink bell-shaped flowers. Later, they become strawberry-like fruits. The fruits 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.
Grow Arbutus unedo in the sun. Plant it in 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 to 10m or 30ft tall. It flowers in autumn. The flowers are small and bell-shaped. The fruits take 12 months to mature and resemble strawberries and are edible. The fruits are used in jams and liquors.
Arbutus unedo needs some shelter in a colder climate. Propagate Arbutus unedo by seed or semi-hardwood cuttings. Watch out for aphids and Arbutus Leaf Spot.