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Arbutus unedo (Pink strawberry tree)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
26ft 3in
Max height
26ft 3in
Max spread
20-50 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Arbutus unedo

Other names

Pink strawberry tree

Genus

Arbutus Arbutus

Species

A. unedo f. rubra - A. unedo f. rubra are among the hardiest and most versatile of the genus Arbutus. This slow-growing bush is evergreen with rough bark and dark green leathery leaves. Rosy-pink pitcher-shaped flowers appear in autumn in panicles as the red, strawberry-like fruits, from the previous years flowers also ripen.


Arbutus unedo is: Evergreen

Habit

Bushy, Spreading, Twisted branches

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Flushed pink, Pale-pink in Autumn

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids Aphids

Leaf spot Leaf spot

General care

Propagation methods

Seed, Semi-hardwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Arbutus unedo (Pink strawberry tree) will reach a height of 26ft 3in and a spread of 26ft 3in after 20-50 years.

Suggested uses

Coastal, Low Maintenance, Containers, Resistant to pollution, Wind-breaker

Cultivation

Plant in well-drained soil. Young plants are frost tender.

Soil type

Clay, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

UK hardiness

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

Keep underplanting low to get the best of the tree shape.

Botanical name

Arbutus unedo

Other names

Pink strawberry tree

Genus

Arbutus Arbutus

Species

A. unedo f. rubra - A. unedo f. rubra are among the hardiest and most versatile of the genus Arbutus. This slow-growing bush is evergreen with rough bark and dark green leathery leaves. Rosy-pink pitcher-shaped flowers appear in autumn in panicles as the red, strawberry-like fruits, from the previous years flowers also ripen.

Foliage

Evergreen

Habit

Bushy, Spreading, Twisted branches

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Flushed pink, Pale-pink in Autumn

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids

Specific diseases

Leaf spot

General care

Propagation methods

Seed, Semi-hardwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Arbutus unedo (Pink strawberry tree) will reach a height of 26ft 3in and a spread of 26ft 3in after 20-50 years.

Suggested uses

Coastal, Low Maintenance, Containers, Resistant to pollution, Wind-breaker

Cultivation

Plant in well-drained soil. Young plants are frost tender.

Soil type

Clay, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

UK hardiness

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7

WUCOLS water use

North Central Coastal - Low

Central Valley - Low

South Coastal - Low

South Inland Valley - Low

High & Inter. Desert - Moderate/Medium

Low Desert - Moderate/Medium

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COMPANION PLANTS

Keep underplanting low to get the best of the tree shape.

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Arbutus unedo

I have a Strawberry Tree in a massive trug in my front garden which has been thriving until lately. I have noticed a lot of leaf yellowing, spotting and now the leaves seem to be dropping. Help! read more

Pink Strawberry Tree

My tree has suffered from an infestation or disease; from the attached photo's can anyone suggest how I might treat the tree. Unfortunately the infestation / disease appears to be advanced. read more

Arbutus grown from seed

Hi, I picked some fruit from an Arbutus Unedo near me and sowed the seeds in a poly tunnel. I am currently hardening them off, they are in 1 litre pots and i would greatly appreciate any advice on… read more

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