Arbutus canariensis Viell.

Canary Island Strawberry Tree

Vigorous shrub or small tree to 10 m or more tall. New growth sparsely glandular-hairy. Leaves oblong-lanceolate, 8-12 cm long, toothed. Leaf stalk about 1 cm long. Flowers in drooping to more or less upright clusters approx­imately 6 cm long, white or greenish, often tinged pink; late spring and early summer. Fruit 2-3 cm wide, yellow-orange darkening to orange-red, warty.

Canary Islands

Occurs naturally in laurel and pine forests at alt. 600-1200 m.

Flowers white to pink tinged in drooping to more or less erect clusters; leaves waxy blue below; fruit orangish 2-3 cm wide.

VIC: Yackandandah Cemetery; Colac Botanic Gardens.

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.

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