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Strawberry Tree
Scientific Name: Arbutus unedo L.
Family: Ericaceae
Strawberry Tree (Arbutus  unedo) Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 4-24, 31
USDA: 8b-10

Heat Tolerance: Part shade to shade in the hot desert

Sun Exposure: Sun to shade

Origin: Mediterranean basin, possibly Ireland

Growth Habits: Evergreen small tree or large shrub, slow growing to 30 feet tall (7.5 m), round headed; cinnamon brown trunks; green to dark green leaves, 2 to 3 inches long (5-7 cm)

Watering Needs: Tolerant of most watering


There are several compact forms:

  • 'Compacta': 6 to 8 feet tall, up to 10 feet (1.8-2.4 to 3 m)
  • 'Elfin King': 3 to 5 feet tall (90-1.5 m)

Strawberry Tree (Arbutus  unedo)

Strawberry Tree (Arbutus  unedo)

Blooming Habits:

Fruiting Habits:
Pinkish white urn-shaped flowers, followed by globose red to yellow strawberry-like edible fruits. The fruits are tasteless in most clones, but a few are quite good.

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