Arbutus unedo
Arbutus unedo
Arbutus unedo
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Arbutus unedo

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The Strawberry Tree, or Arbutus unedo, is a charming evergreen shrub or small tree renowned for its unique appearance and delightful fruits. Native to the Mediterranean Basin and Western Europe, it graces gardens with its glossy green leaves and bell-shaped white flowers, which bloom from a reddish hanging panicle in autumn. The arbutus berry, resembling strawberries, adorns the tree in autumn, maturing alongside the next flowering season. These red berries, about 7-20 mm in diameter, are edible and sweet when ripe, attracting frugivorous birds for seed dispersal. With a height ranging from 4-7 metres, the Strawberry Tree offers both ornamental beauty and practical value, making it a wonderful addition to all gardens.
Soil: Thrives in well-drained soil, adaptable to various soil types.
Conditions: Prefers full sun to part shade; tolerant of coastal conditions.
Size: 4-7m H x variable W

Interesting Fact: The name "unedo" is attributed to Pliny the Elder, who purportedly claimed, "I eat only one," although the exact meaning behind this statement remains uncertain.