- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile, well-drained soil but can tolerate alkaline soils
- Rate of growth: slow-growing
- Flowering period: September to November
- Flower colour: white, often pink tinged
- Other features: lovely strawberry-like red fruit
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Spreading, shrubby tree with shredding brown bark and glossy bright green leaves. It is attractive in autumn when the white flowers, often tinged pink, are produced and the fruit from last year are turning red. The tree gets it's name from these fruit, which look like strawberries but sadly don't taste like them. An excellent tree for costal gardens or in a sheltered spot inland.
- Garden care: Requires minimal pruning. Remove any broken, diseased or crossing branches in late autumn or winter. When planting incorporate lots of well-rotted garden compost in the planting and stake well.
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mine came healthy had flowers very quickly and lots and lots of fruit. Did not grow too much but I feel that it would do even better in the ground and not in a big pot
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Q:My poor arbutus unedo has brown spots on the leaves, it's looking very sorry for itself. It needs planting (it's been stuck in a pot for over a year) which I expect will help it, but what can I do about its leaves (is it a fungal infection which needs chemicals or shall I just take all the affected leaves off - it'll be rather bare then).Asked on 2/4/2015 by Carol from East London/Essex
I suspect this is fungal leaf spot, which is usually a sign of stress. I would plant it out as soon as you can, and it should then put on lovely of lovely (un-spotted) new growth. Once it has done this you could then pick off the worst of the spotty leaves.Answered on 8/4/2015 by Anonymous from crocus
Please advise if the fruit of Arbutus unedo may be eaten by dogs without causing harm.
Do you have a list of plants which are harmful if eaten by dogs? I am planting up a new area in our garden so this info would be very helpful.
Our puppy is 7 months old and would try to eat almost anything.
With many thanks,Asked on 1/2/2013 by avocado from West London
It might be worth checking with your vet before planting the Arbutus, but it is my understanding that it is not toxic to animals. Unfortunately we do not have our own list of plants which are harmful to dogs, but the Dogs Trust has produced one - please just click on the following link to go straight to it.
I hope this helps,Answered on 4/2/2013 by Anonymous
Q:Evergreen trees for screening please
Hello I hope you can help me. A client of mine wants to order 2 evergreen trees. They want them at the bottom of their garden for screening the house behind them. Thanks and regardsAsked on 17/3/2010 by Lisa
A:Hello There. There are really very few evergreen trees here in the UK, but the following link will take you to the ones we sell. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/trees/plcid.7/vid.228/ Best regards, Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 17/3/2010 by Lisa
Q:Arbutus - Strawberry tree planting
Hi there My son very kindly bought me a 'Strawberry' tree for Christmas from your website which I am delighted with,- the plant looks so healthy and strong, but I am concerned that the weather might be too cold to plant it outside at the moment. I do have some large tubs and could put it into one of these for the time being, but I am not sure when is the best time of year to plant it in the garden. My garden faces north and it is therefore very cold at the moment. Will it be OK to put it into a tub and leave behind the house, where it is sheltered, until the spring? Please HELP as I want to do the best for the tree. Many thanks. WendyAsked on 26/12/2009 by Anonymous
A:Hello Wendy, These are fully hardy so can be planted out at any time of the year as long as the ground is not frozen. If however you are concerned, it will be happy in a larger pot until spring as long as it is watered when it gets dry. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 29/12/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Strawberry tree is the fruit edible?
My sister-in-law has a Strawberry Tree/Bush - Arbutus which has fruit. She was wondering if they are safe to be eaten? ThanksAsked on 1/10/2009 by Brenda Gifford
A:Hello There, They are edible, but I have been told you should not eat too many of them. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 2/10/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
A:Thanks. I will pass the information along. Cheers, BrendaAnswered on 2/10/2009 by Brenda Gifford
Q:What can I use as a centrepiece in my bed?
I'm looking for a small ornamental tree or shrub for a centrepiece, ideally with with flowers or pretty foliage. Can you give me any ideas??Asked on 2/5/2005 by David Poulter
A:There are some wonderful plants that would be suitable - here are some of my favourites. Prunus Amanogawa http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=4640&CategoryID=7 Arbutus unedo http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=78419&CategoryID=7 Malus floribunda http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=4584&CategoryID= Malus x robusta 'Red Sentinel' http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=4594&CategoryID= Prunus x subhirtella 'Autumnalis Rosea' http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=4651&CategoryID= Prunus 'Kiku-shidare-zakura' http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=4643&CategoryID= Betula pendula 'Youngii' http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=358&CategoryID= Sorbus cashmiriana http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=4726&CategoryID= Amelanchier lamarckii http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=257&CategoryID= Acer pseudoplatanus 'Brilliantissimum' http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=138&CategoryID= Useful articles: http://www.crocus.co.uk/plantdoctor/trees/ http://www.crocus.co.uk/feature/plantingtrees/Answered on 4/5/2005 by Crocus
Q:What tree can I plant in a pot?
I have quite a large patio area at the front of the house and want to place a large patio pot between the entrances/exits on my driveway. Ideally I would like something that will look good most of the year. Any suggestions?Asked on 31/3/2005 by firstname.lastname@example.org
A:Growing small trees in containers is usually pretty sucessful as long as you make sure they are potted into really large containers and that they get plenty of water and nutrients. Here are some of the best trees to grow in containers, and most of these will be between 5-6' when delivered. Acer palmatum var. dissectum Crimson Queen http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/trees/other-trees/deciduous/small-garden-trees/ok-for-small-gardens/acer-palmatum-var.-dissectum-crimson-queen/classid.87/ Acer palmatum Osakazuki http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/trees/deciduous/small-garden-trees/acer-palmatum-osakazuki/classid.109/ Salix caprea Kilmarnock http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/trees/deciduous/small-garden-trees/ok-for-small-gardens/salix-caprea-kilmarnock/classid.4700/ Arbutus http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?CommonName=arbutus Olive http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?CommonName=olea+eur Magnolia stellata http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=4139&CategoryID= Bay http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?CommonName=laurus+nobilisAnswered on 1/4/2005 by Crocus
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