Arbutus unedo L.

Strawberry Tree

A large shrub or small tree to 10 m tall. Bark reddish, peeling. Young growth glandular-hairy. Leaves oblong to obovate to 10 cm long, toothed, tapering at both ends, hairless. Leaf stalk 0.75 cm long, glandular. Flowers white or rosy in drooping clusters about 5 cm long; autumn. Fruit orange-red becoming scarlet, warty, about 2 cm wide.

Ireland & S Europe

A popular planting of the 19th century and frequently found in old public gardens.

Fruit may be eaten raw or cooked.

Bark reddish, peeling; leaves hairless below and with toothed margins; flowers white to pink in drooping clusters; fruit orange to scarlet, about 2 cm wide.

NSW: Bathurst. VIC: Kew (Victoria Park); Williamstown (Williamstown Botanic Gardens); Malmsbury (Malmsbury Botanic Gardens). ACT: ABC Gardens corner Wakefield and Northbourne Ave. TAS: Longford (Anglican Church planted c. 1890); Westbury (Village Green).

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.

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