Arbutus unedo Arbutus

Arbutus

Description: Arbutus unedo, also known as Kilarney Strawberry Tree is a small, evergreen, spreading tree with stunning autumnal features. The deep brown shedding bark creates an attractive contrast against the large dark green leathery leaves. Small, ‘urn-shaped’ white flowers and red strawberry-like fruits produce simultaneously in late autumn.

History: Originates from SW Ireland. Received a First Class Certificate in 1933.

Arbutus Growing Tips: Arbutus thrive in well-drained soil such as loam, clay or sand. Prefers to be planted in a full sun but in a sheltered position. Good for coastal sites and tolerant of lime.

Height and Spread (after 10 years) : 4m x 3m

Attributes

  • Do not prune
  • Evergreen: Evergreen
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Fruit for wildlife
  • Flowering month: October
  • S Size: Small
  • Chalk tolerant
  • Attractive bark

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