Botanical name: Arbutus x andrachnoides
Other names: Cyprus strawberry tree
Species: A. x andrachnoides - A. x andrachnoides (A. andrachne x A. unedo) is a broadly upright, then spreading, evergreen tree, with peeling red-brown bark and glossy mid-green leaves, qlaucous underneath, bearing white, pink-tinged flowers from autumn to spring, and rarely bearing fruit.
Arbutus x andrachnoides is: Evergreen
Flower: Flushed pink, White in Spring; White, Flushed pink in Autumn; White, Flushed pink in Winter
Foliage: Mid-green in All seasons
Tree shape: Spreading, Upright
Specific pests: Aphids
Propagation methods: Seed, Semi-hardwood cuttings. REGISTER to read more...
Arbutus x andrachnoides (Cyprus strawberry tree) will reach a height of 8m and a spread of 8m after 20-50 years.
Suggested uses: Cottage/Informal, Low Maintenance, Specimen tree
Cultivation: Plant in well-drained soil. Will tolerate some lime. Flowers best in full sun.
Soil type: Clay, Loamy, Sandy
Soil drainage: Moist but well-drained, Well-drained
Soil pH: Alkaline, Neutral
Light: Full Sun
Hardiness: Hardy (H4)
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Companion planting: Keep underplanting low to display tree shape.
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I'm looking to replace my A Andrachnoides which, having survived four years in my garden and reached 10ft broke in a storm right down at ground level last month, despite being staked, (although I suspect that the stake might have failed), so want to get it right this time round!
Do any Shoot members have information about A Marina in comparison to A Andrachnoides in terms of hardiness and robustness? My A Andrachnoides was planted in what was effectively a raised bed, and I had no problems with hardiness despite temperatures last year of -15C, but clearly wind is a problem. Also, which is faster growing?
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