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Arbutus Unedo

Arbutus unedo or Strawberry Tree is an evergreen tree with creamy-white 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 and reveals a cinnamon color.

It is native to the Mediterranean region all the way to Ireland. In Ireland They call it the Irish Strawberry Tree, other common names include Cane Apple, Dalmation Strawberry, or Killarney Strawberry Tree.

Arbutus Unedo
Arbutus Unedo or 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.

How to grow Arbutus unedo:

Grow Arbutus unedo in the sun or partial shade. Plant it in average, acidic, moist, but well-drained soil.

Arbutus unedo needs some shelter in a colder climate. Propagate Arbutus unedo by seed or semi-hardwood cuttings. It is generally, disease-free and pest-free. Watch out for aphids and Arbutus Leaf Spot. Arbutus Unedo attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.

Arbutus unedo
Arbutus unedo fruit
Ericaceae, Arbutus unedo
Arbutus unedo
Ericaceae Strawberry Tree
Strawberry Tree

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