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Arbutus unedo

Arbutus unedo

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Arbutus unedo, commonly known as the Strawberry Tree, is an evergreen shrub or small tree that belongs to the Ericaceae family. This unique and attractive plant is known for its ornamental qualities and edible fruit.

The Strawberry Tree, Arbutus unedo, is a slow-growing evergreen shrub or small tree that typically reaches heights of 10 to 15 feet (3 to 4.5 meters). It features dark green, leathery leaves that are reminiscent of laurel leaves, and it retains its foliage throughout the year. What makes this plant particularly intriguing are its unusual, multi-seasonal characteristics. In the autumn, it produces small, urn-shaped, white or pinkish bell-like flowers that hang in clusters, providing a delicate charm to the landscape. As the flowers fade, they are replaced by small, round, strawberry-like fruits, which are typically bright orange to red when ripe. These fruits are edible but have a somewhat grainy texture and a taste that varies from mildly sweet to slightly tart.

Cultivation:

  1. Climate: Arbutus unedo is well-suited to mild, coastal climates. It can tolerate some frost and cold but is best suited to regions with mild winters. Protect it from extreme cold and harsh winds.

  2. Sunlight: Plant the Strawberry Tree in a location that receives full sun to partial shade. It thrives in bright, indirect sunlight.

  3. Soil: Ensure well-draining, acidic to neutral soil with good organic content. Sandy or loamy soils are generally suitable for this plant.

  4. Watering: While established Arbutus unedo is somewhat drought-tolerant, it benefits from regular watering during dry spells, especially in the summer. Avoid waterlogged conditions.

  5. Mulching: Apply a layer of organic mulch around the base of the plant to conserve soil moisture, regulate temperature, and suppress weeds.

  6. Pruning: Prune the Strawberry Tree as needed to maintain its shape and remove dead or overcrowded branches. Pruning can also help improve air circulation and fruit production.

  7. Fertilization: Generally, mature Arbutus unedo plants do not require frequent fertilization. However, you can apply a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in the spring if the soil is nutrient-poor.

  8. Pests and Diseases: The Strawberry Tree is relatively resistant to pests and diseases. However, keep an eye out for common garden pests like aphids or scale insects. Adequate air circulation can help prevent fungal diseases.

  9. Harvesting: The fruits of Arbutus unedo can be harvested when they are fully ripe and have turned a bright orange to red color. They are best eaten fresh but can also be used in jams or desserts.

Arbutus unedo is a unique and attractive plant that adds ornamental value to gardens while offering the bonus of edible fruits. With proper care and attention to its specific needs, this evergreen shrub or small tree can thrive and become a distinctive feature in your outdoor space.

IMPORTANT: Please be aware that picture 1 show adult plant not for sale, the offer is for a plant in the dimension indicated in title description.

Please be aware that most plants change across seasons. For example, some of them will naturally lose leaves or change in colour during colder months. Do not hesitate to contact us for further informations about the plants of your interest.

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