Arbutus unedo

Strawberry Tree

Boething Treeland Farms grows over 1,200 varieties of trees, shrubs, perennials and specialty plants on ten California nurseries to serve the wholesale landscape and nursery industries throughout the Western United States and beyond.

Plant Type: Shrubs

Evergreen-Deciduous: Evergreen

Overall Mature Size: Small

Also Grown As: Bush / Multi Trunk

Mature Height & Spread: 8-25' x 8-25'

Natural Growth Habit: Rounded

Native To: Europe

Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Shade

Water: Medium Water, Low Water

Flower Color: White

Bloom Time: Fall, Winter

Special Features: Attractive Bark / Attracts Birds/Butterflies / Desert Conditions / Drought Resistant / Edible / Screen / Seacoast Conditions / Shade Tolerant

Container Sizes: #15, 24" Box, 36" Box, 48" Box

Sunset Garden Zones: 4-24

Minimum USDA Hardiness Zone: 8

A Bit More

An excellent evergreen tree native to southern Europe and Ireland, this small decorative tree is remarkably adaptable to various climates and uses. Whether in the desert, at the beach or inland, Arbutus unedo will thrive in the full sun or part shade, particularly in the desert. Naturally multi-stemmed, it will make an excellent screen left to its own devices but is easily pruned into a single trunk tree that will develop an open crown. The latter form allows the handsome red bark to be fully appreciated. Dark green leathery leaves are oblong and 2-3 inches long. In the fall and winter, beautiful small greenish white flowers appear at the same time as the bright red “strawberry” textured fruit which can be tasty but is more often not. It will grow moderately quickly to 35 feet and adores well-drained soil and little to regular water. It is a good candidate for container planting and makes an excellent street or lawn tree. Deer steer clear of this variety. It is hardy to 15-20°F.

A Bit More

An excellent evergreen tree native to southern Europe and Ireland, this small decorative tree is remarkably adaptable to various climates and uses. Whether in the desert, at the beach or inland, Arbutus unedo will thrive in the full sun or part shade, particularly in the desert. Naturally multi-stemmed, it will make an excellent screen left to its own devices but is easily pruned into a single trunk tree that will develop an open crown. The latter form allows the handsome red bark to be fully appreciated. Dark green leathery leaves are oblong and 2-3 inches long. In the fall and winter, beautiful small greenish white flowers appear at the same time as the bright red “strawberry” textured fruit which can be tasty but is more often not. It will grow moderately quickly to 35 feet and adores well-drained soil and little to regular water. It is a good candidate for container planting and makes an excellent street or lawn tree. Deer steer clear of this variety. It is hardy to 15-20°F.