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Strawberry TreeArbutus unedo

  • Northern Red Oak - Quercus rubra
  • Strawberry Tree
  • Strawberry Tree
  • Strawberry Tree
  • Strawberry Tree

Grown as either a small tree or shrub, the strawberry tree is one of the most attractive specimens available for residential use. The evergreen nature and off-season flowering make this a real find for discriminating gardeners.

The fruit produced by this tree is edible, commonly used to make preserves, wines and liqueurs.

Hardiness Zones

The strawberry tree can be expected to grow in Hardiness Zones 4–9. View Map

Tree Type

This is an evergreen tree, keeping its foliage year-round.

Mature Size

The strawberry tree grows to a height of 15–30' and a spread of 15–30' at maturity.

Growth Speed Slow Growth Rate

This tree grows at a slow rate, with height increases of less than 12" per year.

Sun Preference

Full sun and partial shade are best for this tree, meaning it prefers a minimum of 4 hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight each day.

Soil Preference

The strawberry tree grows in acidic, alkaline, loamy, moist, sandy, well-drained and clay soils. It tolerates wet sites but does best in well-drained areas that do not experience severe drought.

Attributes

This tree:
  • Blooms from October to December, with panicles of perfect urn-shaped flowers that are white to pinkish.
  • Can be grown as a shrub or small tree.
  • Yields red to orange drupes that are ½–1" in diameter and ripen in the fall. The fruit is edible, commonly used in preserves, wines and liqueurs.
  • Features oval to obovate evergreen leaves that are lustrous dark green in color and 2–4" in length.
  • Grows in a rounded shape.

Wildlife Value

The small red fruit of the strawberry tree is an important food source for forest animals during the winter. Birds, in particular, enjoy the fruit and enhance the propagation of the tree by spreading its seeds.

History/Lore

The strawberry tree supplies tannin and has edible berries used in preserves, wines and liqueurs.