Arbutus andrachne L.

Grecian Strawberry Tree

A tree 10 m or more in the wild but smaller in cultivation. Leaves oval, 5-10 cm long, sometimes toothed on young plants but entire on mature trees, hairless. Leaf stalks 1-2.5 cm long. Flowers dull white in downy, upright clusters 5-10 cm long; spring. Fruit about 1.5 cm wide, orange-red, relatively smooth.

Greece & E Europe

Trees in public collections have serrated leaves and in fact may be A. ×andrachnoides.

Mature leaves entire; flowers white in erect clusters; fruit relatively smooth, orange.

VIC: Melbourne (Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (Melbourne Gardens), Oak Lawn).

Source: Spencer, R. (1997). Ericaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

Distribution map
kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Ericales
family       Ericaceae
genus        Arbutus L.