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Arbutus unedo

This species is commonly known as the Strawberry Tree after its small fruitlets, which resemble alpine strawberries in appearance. The flavour is not strawberry-like though, it is quite bland, but with a hint of tropical fruit. The fruitlets should be left to ripen on the tree, and is ready when it falls to the ground.

Arbutus are mainly grown for their ornamental appeal. They are small spreading evergreen trees, with large dark green leaves (rather like laurel leaves) and attractive peeling bark.

Unlike most fruit trees, where the blossom appears in spring and the fruits develop over the summer and autumn, the Strawberry Tree produces its flowers in autumn, with the fruits quickly following.

Arbutus unedo fruiting ornamental trees for sale

  • 2-year pot-grown tree £39.95
    In a 12L pot
    Small size (1.5m-2.5m after 10 years)
Next deliveries

Deliveries from September for pot grown and December for bare-rooted (where items shown in stock).

How to grow

Arbutus trees are easy to grow throughout the UK and a good choice for coastal sites. However for best fruit production, the tree needs a warm sheltered situation.

Arbutus unedo characteristics

  • AwardsRHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Attractive featuresAttractive bark
  • Growth habitSpreading
  • Height after 10 years1.5m-2.5m / 5ft-8ft
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Flowering monthNovember
  • Leaf colour - autumnGreen
  • Leaf colour - summerGreen
  • PruningDo not prune
  • Site conditionsCoastal site
  • Fruit sizeAverage
  • Annual cycleEvergreen
  • WildlifeRHS perfect for pollinatorsAttractive to birds