Arbutus unedo

2 litre pot (30cm) £16.99
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Buy Arbutus unedo strawberry tree: Attractive strawberry-like fruit

  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: fertile, well-drained soil but can tolerate alkaline soils
  • Rate of growth: slow-growing
  • Flowering period: September to November
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Arbutus is a 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 its 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 hole and stake well.

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It has grown beautifully and would buy this again.


This plant has grown quicker than I imagined. It is in a pot by my pond.

Jo near Wisley



Excellent quality


I grow this as a small shrub in a patio pot. The white lantern flowers are followed by red fruits in the Autumn. The Blackbirds love these fruits.

Dee Greenfingers



I would buy this plant again.


It looks lovely in the garden, very pleasing to the eye. It arrived on time and healthy with good colour and a good size.


South Yorkshire


Love this shrub


Love this strawberry shrub, so pretty




Excellent little tree, still enjoying it a year on.


So pleased that I bought this little tree last year which has grown and flowered and continues to give interest to that part of the garden.




Great evergreen small tree/shrub


This is my favourite tree at the moment: attractive evergreen leaves, profuse small clusters of bell shaped flowers at the same time as lots of strawberry-like fruit. It really brightened up the autumn days this year! And the fruits wete plentiful: they're a little seedy but taste good nontheless and next year I'll try to make some strawberry tree jam. Just a fabulous tree with year-round interest.


Milton Keynes


Eye catching shrub


Lovely plant with distinctive cedar red branches and glossy leaves




Healthy Arbutus bush


Supplied as a healthy bushy plant with many stems. I am interested in creating a standard tree, but didn't have the budget for a mature standard. I'm going to see if I can get some of the stems going as standards. Very happy with the quality of the plant.




Growing well


I have this strawberry tree in a large pot, and am very pleased with the rate at which it has grown. The only downside is that I have not had any flowers on it this year, which I was expecting. This means there will be no fruit next year. I'm hoping I will get flowers next year, but if I don't, it is still a very attractive plant anyway.


Newton Abbot


Growing strong


Much to my surprise, this has grown vigorously in its six months in the ground, having been planted in a relatively challenging location - between mature and hungry sycamores, relatively close to a boundary wall, drowned out during the summer by nettles, subject to strong south easterly winds and about 150m from the sea in south east Scotland. It's now about 2ft high and covered in red fruits in the middle of December. I look forward to it continuing to grow and give us a bit of screening from the neighbours and give everyone the pleasure of its pretty fruits.


East Lothian



4.8 12


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).


Hello, 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.

Hello, 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,


Hello, 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,

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 regards


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. Best regards, Helen Plant Doctor


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. Wendy

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 Doctor

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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? Thanks

Brenda Gifford

Thanks. I will pass the information along. Cheers, Brenda

Brenda Gifford

Hello There, They are edible, but I have been told you should not eat too many of them. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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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??

David Poulter

There are some wonderful plants that would be suitable - here are some of my favourites. Prunus Amanogawa Arbutus unedo Malus floribunda Malus x robusta 'Red Sentinel' Prunus x subhirtella 'Autumnalis Rosea' Prunus 'Kiku-shidare-zakura' Betula pendula 'Youngii' Sorbus cashmiriana Amelanchier lamarckii Acer pseudoplatanus 'Brilliantissimum' Useful articles:


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?

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 Acer palmatum Osakazuki Salix caprea Kilmarnock Arbutus Olive Magnolia stellata Bay



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