About This Plant

The Arbutus unedo, commonly known as the Strawberry Tree, is a evergreen shrub or small tree native to the Mediterranean. This tree is drought-tolerant and thrives in poor soils, making it a hardy choice for gardens. Its attractive appearance, fruiting, and nectar-rich flowers make it a favourite for landscaping and pollinators like bees and butterflies.

The Story

Leaf

The leaves of the Strawberry Tree are characterised by their evergreen nature and distinctive features. These alternate, simple leaves are glossy, dark green, and leathery in texture. They have serrated margins and an elliptical to lanceolate shape, ranging from 5 to 10 centimetres in length.

Produce

The Strawberry Tree produces small, round fruits that resemble strawberries, inspiring its name. These fruits typically measure about 1 to 2 centimetres in diameter. They have a distinctive rough texture and start green, gradually turning yellow, and finally red when ripe. The flavour is a unique blend of sweet and slightly tart, making them edible but often described as bland. The Strawberry Tree’s fruiting season is in autumn.
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