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How to Grow Arbutus unedo Plants in your Garden

Gardener's HQ Guide to Growing Strawberry Tree

Strawberry tree

Arbutus unedo, Strawberry Tree photograph by Miltos Gikas.


Arbutus unedo Growing and Care Guide

  • Scientific Name: Arbutus unedo
  • Common Name: Strawberry tree
  • Growing Zone: USA: 7 to 11
  • Life Cycle / Plant Type: Tree

Plant Details

  • Plant Height (Inches): 180 to 300
  • Plant Spread (Inches): 180 to 300
  • Time of Bloom: Autumn and winter
  • Flower Details: Pink, White
  • Leaf Foliage: Green
  • Fruit:
  • Growth Form: Rounded

Ideal Growing Conditions

  • Best Light Conditions: Partially shady to full sunlight
  • Rate of Growth: Grows slowly
  • Suitable Soil Types: Acidic, Alkaline, Clay, Loamy, Neutral, Sandy, Slightly alkaline, Well drained
  • Soil Moisture: Moist

Caring Conditions

  • Care:
  • Level of Maintenance: Medium
  • Propagation: Seedandsemi-hardwoodcuttings
  • How to Prune: Requires little to no pruning. In some cases hard pruning can be disruptive.
  • Pests: Aphids
  • Diseases: Arbutus leaf spot may be a problem

Further Information

  • Can Attract:
  • Tolerant of: Drought
  • Best Garden Use: Container, Espalier, Areas requiring pest tolerance, Hedge, Standard, Specimen
  • Family:
  • Closely Related Species:
  • Miscellaneous: Entices birdlife to the garden, Non-native to North America, Attractive flowers / blooms
  • Genus Detail: Arbutus
  • Further Reading and References: Here and Here