Strawberry Tree

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.

The Appearance

A small to medium-sized evergreen tree with a dense, rounded crown and dark green, glossy leaves. It produces white or pinkish urn-shaped flowers and red, strawberry-like fruits.


The 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.


The Flowers

Produces white or pinkish urn-shaped flowers in autumn, followed by red, strawberry-like fruits.


The Leaves

These alternate, simple leaves are glossy, dark green, and leathery in texture.


The Bark

The bark is reddish-brown and peels in thin strips, revealing a smooth surface underneath.


The Habitat

Prefers well-drained soils and full sun to partial shade. Commonly found in gardens and parks.


The Ecology

Provides habitat and food for various wildlife, including birds and insects. The fruits are eaten by birds.


The Culture

Valued for its ornamental appeal and edible fruits. Often planted in gardens and parks.


Fun Facts

The Strawberry Tree is named for its red fruits that resemble strawberries, which are edible but have a bland taste.

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