Arbutus unedo

(Strawberry tree)

Ult. Height:
30-40 feet
Ult. Spread:
25 feet
Best Exposure:
Full Sun
A slow growing evergreen tree native to the Mediterranean and Western Europe, Arbutus unedo can eventually grow up to 40 feet in height. It has panicles of white flowers followed by edible red fruit. The flowers are pollinated by insects. They are particularly attractive to monarch butterflies in the Santa Barbara area.
Form: Multi trunk
Best Uses: It is known for its delicious and attractive fruit that resemble the appearance of strawberries. Branches can be thinned out to create an open headed tree with pretty structure.
Recommended Placement: This slow growing tree requires good drainage. It will do well in a sheltered corner of a garden in colder climates or as a central focal point in warmer places. Will tolerate coastal conditions and hot dry climates, except it may need some shade in hotter areas.
Optimal Soil: It is tolerant of most soil types, preferring well-draining loam.

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