Arbutus unedo, Strawberry Tree

Arbutus unedo

Strawberry Tree
Family: Ericaceae
Origin: Europe and the Mediterranean
USDA Zone: 7-10?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall tree 10-20 ftSemi-shadeFull sunModerate waterWhite, off-white flowersEdible plantPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirds

The Strawberry tree (Arbutus unedo) can grow up to 30-50 ft. It produces edible fruits with a pleasant taste. These small fruits can be used to make jams, liqueurs, and other deserts. With a higher content of antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins, these fruits can also be beneficial to your health.

The strawberry tree produces masses of beautiful white flowers in November and December. Its flowers attract butterflies, hummingbirds and other beneficial insects, making it an excellent choice for a wildlife garden. Since the fruit takes 12 months to ripen, the tree carries both mature fruit and flowers at the same time and is then incredibly beautiful.

With outstanding ornamental value and edible fruits, the strawberry tree is easy to grow in USDA zones 7-10, although in colder areas it's best grown in a pot. When growing in a pot, regular watering and fertilizing is essential. In addition, regular pruning is recommended to maintain a desirable shape.

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