The strawberry tree is a remarkable shrub thanks to its fruits and cute berries that are shaped like strawberries.

Summary of Strawberry tree facts

Name – Arbutus unedo
Family – Ericaceae
Type – shrub

Height – 6 ½ to 16 feet (2 to 5 meters)
Exposure – full sun, part sun
Soil – ordinary

Foliage – evergreen
Flowering – August to November
Harvest – August to November

Planting, pruning and caring for your strawberry tree will ensure the proper development of your shrub.

Planting a strawberry tree

Fall is the best season to plant a strawberry tree but you can still plant it without dire consequence until spring, as long as you are able to avoid frost spells.

  • Strawberry trees like being planted in a well-lit place.
  • It can tolerate any type of soil, but grows best if it is well drained.
  • The strawberry tree tolerates cold down to 10°F (-12°C) but appreciates being somewhat sheltered from winds.

For hedges, space the trees at least 32 inches (80 cm) apart.

  • Refer to our guidelines for planting shrubs.

Pruning and caring for a strawberry tree

Very easy to care for, the strawberry tree grows quickly when properly settled in and requires almost no care.

Pruning your strawberry tree

Spring is when strawberry trees are pruned.

Avoid pruning in fall, because you would be pruning off the magnificent berries that form and stay on the tree over winter.

  • Follow our advice on pruning a strawberry tree
  • For strawberry trees planted in a hedge, follow this advice on pruning hedges.

Watering your strawberry tree

Strawberry trees are shrubs that don’t require much water, except for specimens grown in pots.

  • Watering is recommended for a potted strawberry tree in summer.

Harvest and use of Strawberry tree berries

The berries are harvested when very mature, which is to say very red and slightly giving to the touch.

They are used to make jam as well as syrup and liquor. When eaten raw, strawberry tree berries don’t really have a significant taste.

Learn more about the strawberry tree

The strawberry tree, with scientific name Arbutus unedo, is a very beautiful shrub that offers beautiful edible fruit after the blooming.

Its scientific name Arbutus unedo, means “one-time shrub” in latin.

Easy to care for, it adapts to all soil types, either in beds or in hedges, or in pots or garden boxes for a terrace.

You may plant it as a standalone and also as part of a hedge to decorate your hedge in winter thanks to its ornamental berries.

The strawberry tree is also a tree that boasts beautiful bark that comes of in long, vertical slabs of different colors.

Perfect to decorate a winter garden!

  • Read also: winter gardens made appealing with colorful bark trees

Strawberry tree diseases and treatments

  • Spots on your strawberry tree leaves

Smart tip about strawberry trees

No need to add any fertilizer, but it is a good idea to mulch the base of the tree to avoid weed growth in summer and protect roots when winters are cold.

Read also on shrubs:

  • Hedges, great barriers against diseases
  • Shrubs that flower in the summer
  • Setting up a flowered hedge

Credits for images shared to Nature & Garden (all edits by Gaspard Lorthiois):
Red and yellow berries by Anne & Saturnino Miranda ★ under license
Strawberry tree flowers by Marc Pascual ☆ under license
Strawberry tree bark by Pixel2013 ★ under license
Branches with fruit by Luisella Planeta Leoni ★ under license

Strawberry Tree

Enjoy the striking, tasty fruit and dark green foliage on our Strawberry Tree plants. This unique, southern European, evergreen shrub is a great addition to the garden and landscape. Slow growing to 8 ft. in height, it is prized for its profuse, urn-shaped, white flowers, it’s glossy, dark green, dense foliage, and its red, strawberry-like, edible fruit. Strawberry Tree is hardy to about 0 degrees F., and like half day to full sun and well drained soil.

The variety we are currently growing is ‘Compacta’ which stays slightly smaller than the species making for easier harvesting of the fruits.

Latin Name: Arbutus unedo
Site and Soil: This tree likes 1/2 day to full sun and well-drained soil.
Pollination Requirements: This tree is self-fertile.
Hardiness: This Tree is hardy to 0F.
Bearing Age: 3-4 years after planting.
Size at Maturity: 8-10 ft. in height.
Bloom Time: Fall-Winter
Ripening Time: Fall-Winter
Yield: Varies
Pests & Diseases: This tree is not bothered by pests or diseases.
USDA Zone: 7
Sunset Western Zone: 4-24
Sunset Northeast Zone: Not listed

Common Name: Strawberry Tree

Scientific Name: Arbutus unedo

Family: Ericaceae

Identification
Habit: The strawberry tree grows into a small tree or large shrub that can range from taller and narrower to shorter with a wide crown. It typically grows in the 8-18 ft (2.5-5.5 m) tall range (though it can reach up to 50 ft or 15 m tall) and 8-20 ft (2.5-6 m) wide. Its trunk grows to about 30 in (75 cm) in diameter. It can have one to many trunks from the same plant. Typically, it grows upward first, creating a dome-like shape, with a bare trunk and full branches with dense crown on top. It should be noted that the growth rate is very slow.

Leaves: The leaves are longer than wide with a slightly rounded tip and toothed edges. They look slightly waxy on top, giving each leaf a sort of glow. Leaves are bright green and have classic looking veins (single midvein running parallel to edges and several veins splitting off that perpendicular to leaf edge).

Twigs and Bark: Twigs are greenish or reddish and medium in width. Bark is typically reddish in color and starts out smooth, though as the tree matures can grow to be thicker, and less red in tone. Branches become twisted and thicker as they grow to support more weight. The tree tends to droop, so pruning may be necessary to encourage healthy growth.
Flowers and Fruits: The tree’s blossoms are white, light green at the tips, and bell shaped. When ripe, the fruits are red on the outside with rough/bumpy skin, though as they ripen, they look orange-y and even a light yellow. They are plump and round. On the inside, they are yellow and fleshy, with five seeds at the center and have a “soft jelly-like consistency. The Strawberry fruit replicates flavors reminiscent of apricots and guavas with subtle woody undertones…” The strawberry tree is unusual because it has flowers and fruit at the same time.
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Where it’s from
Native range: Most commonly found in climates with minimal seasonal change, the strawberry tree likes warm coastal areas, with some humidity and little rain. The strawberry tree is mostly found in the Mediterranean and Macronesian areas, though it has been planted throughout Europe and the United States as well. “This species can be found from sea level to 800–1200 m and grows in different types of soils though, like many Ericaceae species, it has a certain preference for acid soils.”

Ecological notes: “…will not flourish if exposed to harsh winds. Young plants can suffer damage in very cold weather”. Otherwise they are hardy and will grow in many types of weather and conditions and soils: “…they will grow in sandy, loamy and even clay soils, as long as there is no waterlogging,” and will even “grow in chalk”.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/3324255/How-to-grow-the-strawberry-tree.html. The fruits are a valuable winter food source for woodland animals, especially birds.

What we use it for
It is one of the largest wild fruit producers in the world, most popular in Spain, where it’s used to make wine and jams, or to just eat raw. Some research suggests that compounds in the antioxidant-packed fruits can be used to help with “chronic health disorders, such as cancer and neurodegenerative and cardiovascular diseases, supports the promotion of their consumption as a healthy food.”

Though they are very healthful, they are said to be bitter in taste which may discourage eating, the fruit spoils quickly, and their production rate is very different from year to year, making it difficult to commercialize.
The tree is also widely grown as an ornamental plant.

Biographer:
Claire Jamison ‘21, FYS 20: Plants in Our World, Fall 2017

Strawberry Tree Fruit: What is it and How to Cook with it

The strawberry tree (Arbutus unedo) is a native fruit tree to the Mediterranean basin, Western Europe, France and Ireland. It belongs to the Ericaceae family, the same as that of the popular blueberry and is also known as “Irish strawberry tree”, or cain or cane apple.

Although the strawberry tree is commonly used for ornamental reasons, the red berry fruit yielded by these evergreens is edible and remarkably similar to large cherries, except for the rough textured exterior skin. Once opened, the skin reveals a soft and grainy intense yellow pulp with a refreshing flavour, both sweet and sour.

Strawberry trees yield autumnal and winter fruits which usually ripen between November and December. That said, it’s still not a commonly found fruit, but it’s definitely worth trying if you are lucky enough to come across it when in season.

The Benefits of Strawberry Tree Fruit

Strawberry tree fruit is also rich in therapeutic properties because it’s a great source of vitamins, tannins and pectins being full of anthocyanins and antioxidant polyphenols. There are also vitamins, including vitamin C: 100 g of fruits contain about 180 mg, so about 3 times the amount that can be found in an orange.

Strawberry tree fruit are also a natural remedy for combatting respiratory, and above all intestinal inflammation. Strawberry tree infusions are rich in antioxidants and tannins and can be used as a urinary antiseptic, while the decoction of strawberry tree leaves and roots can help to combat rheumatic pains.

Corbezzoli di Sardegna – Carlo – Flickr

Cooking with Strawberry Tree Fruit

The fruits of the strawberry tree can be eaten fresh or preserved in jams, liqueurs and syrups. The jam is excellent for filling whole wheat tarts prepared and the whole fruit adds a little extra oomph to cakes, biscuits and sweet buns. With the arbutus you can also prepare a particular vinegar, to be used to dress salads and cruditées.

Strawberry Fruit Tree Marmalade

To prepare this tasty jam, perfect for breakfast, take about a kilo of strawberry trees, put in a pot covered with cold water and bring to a boil.

Cook for about 20 minutes. Once the fruit is ready, drain and put in a fine sieve, in order to eliminate the seeds and obtain a smooth puree. In a saucepan add the puree, a third of the weight in brown sugar and the juice of a lemon. Cook until the jam has thickened.

Strawberry Fruit Tree Honey

Strawberry tree honey is very rare and valuable. It has a fine and creamy consistency, with very fine crystals, when it is liquid an intense amber color that becomes lighter when honey solidifies. The taste is bitterish, with hints of coffee, cocoa bean and rhubarb – perfect for true connoisseurs!

Meet the strawberry tree

Cathy Ronk Master Gardener Published 12:02 PM EST Mar 4, 2016 The strawberry tree fruit is edible with gritty flesh and mild, kiwi-like flavor. Submitted

The Strawberry tree is a charming evergreen tree with clusters of small, bell-shaped flowers alongside strawberry-like fruit in addition to showy cinnamon-colored bark and dark green leaves.

A member of the heath family, it belongs to the genus Arbutus, of which there are at least fourteen species of flowering shrubs and trees. Arbutus unedo is indigenous to southern Europe and Ireland.

Arbutus menziesii — called Madrone, Pacific Madrone, Madroña, or Madroño, is native from British Columbia to Southern California in Coast Ranges, occasionally in middle elevations of Sierra Nevada.

“Menziesii” honors the tree’s discoverer: Archibald Menzies (1754-1842), a Scottish surgeon, botanist, and naturalist. The name Madroño is ascribed to Father Juan Crespi, chronicler of the 1769 Portola expedition that led to the founding of Alta California.

Interesting facts:

•In Ireland, Arbutus unedo is called Killarney Strawberry tree and Irish Strawberry tree. A traditional Irish ballad, “My Love’s An Arbutus,” compares the arbutus tree with the evergreen qualities of true love.

•The name unedo is attributed to Pliny the Elder, a Roman author and naturalist, who in 50 AD allegedly claimed “unum tantum edo,” meaning “I eat only one.”

•The Strawberry tree makes up part of the coat of arms (El oso y el madroño, The Bear and the Strawberry tree) of the city of Madrid, Spain. The Puerta del Sol (”Gate of the Sun”) is the location of the most famous symbol of Madrid: a 20-ton statue of a bear eating fruits from a tree.

Description

The Strawberry tree (Arbutus unedo) grows 8-35 feet tall and wide with a slow to moderate growth rate. It is used as a single or multi-trunked ornamental tree and as a specimen or hedge shrub in gardens and public landscapes. When grown as a tree instead of a shrub, basal sprout or suckers are kept pruned off.

Trunk and branches, with reddish brown, shedding bark, often become gnarled with age. Dark green leaves with red stems are 2-3 inches long. Bunches of small white (rarely pale pink), bell-shaped flowers hang in abundance at the tip of the branches. Pollinated by bees, the round, ¾-inch fruit, matures yellow to red in twelve months, and appear at the same time as the next flowering. The edible fruit is somewhat sweet but often bland and mealy.

The Strawberry tree is a charming evergreen tree with clusters of small, bell-shaped flowers alongside strawberry-like fruit in addition to showy cinnamon-colored bark and dark green leaves Submitted

Dwarf varieties, all narrower than tall, include: ‘Elfin King’ (5 feet tall, flowers and fruits almost continuously), ‘Oktoberfest’ (6-8 feet tall with deep pink flowers), ‘Compacta’ (10 feet tall). The Strawberry tree is drought tolerant when established and attracts hummingbirds, butterflies, and birds.

Madrone (Arbutus menziesii) is one of the most widely distributed tree species native to the Pacific coast. Mature height varies from 20 to 100 feet. It forms a broad, round head almost as wide as tall.

The smooth, reddish-brown bark that peels in thin flakes and the nodding white, honey-scented flowers of Madrone are reminiscent of its shrubby cousins, the manzanitas. Round, fleshy, rough-coated, ½-inch fruits are red to orange and ripen in late fall to early winter—much loved by birds. Madrone is a long-lived tree but is very difficult to establish.

Arbutus ‘Marina’ was introduced into the nursery trade in the mid-1980’s like a hybrid of uncertain parentage. It is the easiest Arbutus to grow as a single-trunked tree. A slow to moderate grower, maturing to 20-40 feet tall and wide is a good garden substitute for A. menziesii.

The branches bear 4-5 inch long dark green, leathery, serrated leaves that are bronze when they first emerge. Its attractive mahogany-colored bark exfoliates periodically. Clusters of pendulous, bell-shaped rosy pink flowers are produced in spring, appear sporadically through summer, and then a second heavy bloom occurs in fall.

The fruit mature from yellow to red, and the fruit of last season remains on the tree as it produces this season’s flowers. The fruit is edible with gritty flesh and mild, kiwi-like flavor.

Care

The Water Use Classification of Landscape Species (WUCOLS IV) rates the Madrone as a “low water use” native tree in the shade in the Central Valley. Arbutus ‘Marina’ and Arbutus unedo are both rated as “low water use.”

The WUCOLS project was initiated and funded by the Water Use Efficiency Office of the California Department of Water Resources (DWR).

Work was directed by the University of California Cooperative Extension. WUCOLS IV provides evaluations of the irrigation needs of over 3,500 plant groups used in California landscapes at www.ucanr.edu/sites/WUCOLS.

Madrone is the most challenging Arbutus in a garden, but if successful, it is magnificent. When attempting to grow Madrone outside its native area, it is imperative to start with a small (gallon-size) tree and plant in fast draining soil with nonalkaline water, in bright shade, or on an eastern slope.

Death during the first few years most frequently stems from improper watering—either too much or too little. Its sensitive root system can scorch in the container if left in direct sun for even short periods of time. Madrones are susceptible to branch dieback and other fungal diseases. Older Madrones produce ongoing organic debris from shedding small branches, bark, leaves, flowers, and fruit.

Strawberry tree tolerates the widest variety of soils and climates but appreciates good drainage.

Plant Arbutus in the fall or winter in sun or part shade. Some shade is needed in the desert. Water thoroughly after planting, and regularly through the first year.

Deep watering encourages deep rooting. A 3- inch layer of organic mulch will help conserve water, but be sure to keep the mulch away from the tree trunk.

Once established, allow the soil to dry out between waterings. Occasional pests are scales, thrips, and aphids. Diseases include Phytophthora, root rot, and other fungal diseases promoted by wet winters or poor drainage.

Prune in winter to remove dead or diseased wood. To produce an open-crowned tree, carefully thin to expose branches. Stake the standard tree for a couple of years because the crown can be heavy with thick, broad leaves. Mass plant several multi-trunk Arbutus, leave unpruned, for an evergreen screen. Fertilizer is usually unnecessary.

Design Tips:

Mix Madrone with other native plants, such as: barberry, bush anemone, ceanothus, Dara’s Choice sage, coral bells, California goldenrod. Holiday decorators harvest and string the fruit like popcorn and cranberries.

The Strawberry tree is a small to medium-sized evergreen accent tree providing year-round interest in western gardens. Possible companion plants include: ‘Little John’ bottlebrush, salvias, gaura, rockrose, phlomis, and santolina. The boughs of the Strawberry tree make appealing centerpieces for fall and holiday tables when the flowers and fruit are at their best.

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Published 12:02 PM EST Mar 4, 2016

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  • wild strawberry tree, Winkworth Arboretum, Surrey, England
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  • The bole of an arbutus also known as strawberry tree. That specimen is a hybrid between Arbutus unedo and Arbutus andrachne.
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  • Close up view of an Strawberry Tree (Arbutus Unedo) blossom flowers.
  • Creamy white cluster of Strawberry Tree (Arbutus unedo) flowers in early autumn after a rain shower
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  • Greek Strawberry Tree (Arbutus andrachne), Köprülü Canyon National Park, Taurus Mountains, Gaziler, Antalya Province, Turkey
  • Strawberry tree Arbutus unedo fruit, corbezzolo, Capraia Island, Tuscany, Italy
  • Statue of The Bear and the Strawberry Tree (El Oso y el Madroño), Plaza Puerta del Sol, Madrid, Spain.
  • Closeup of the trunk and peeling bark of a Strawberry Tree (Arbutus unedo), a reddish tree growing in Winter in the UK.
  • Wild Strawberry Tree (Arbutus unedo), Mediterranean mountain, Zante, Greece, 2009
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  • Berries on a strawberry tree (Arbutus unedo). An evergreen shrub, the strawberry tree is widespread in the Mediterranean region
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  • Strawberry tree, Arbutus unedo in both flower and fruit, autumn.
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  • statue of Bear and strawberry tree in Puerta del sol, Madrid, Spain
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  • KILLARNEY OR IRISH STRAWBERRY TREE (ARBUTUS UNEDO)
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  • Greek Strawberry Tree (Arbutus andrachne), Köprülü Canyon National Park, Taurus Mountains, Gaziler, Antalya Province, Turkey
  • Madrid’s symbol, Statue of the bear and strawberry tree, Puerta del Sol Square, maked in the1967, by Navarro Santafé, Madrid, Spain, Europe
  • Strawberry Tree Fruits. Orvieto, Terni Province, Umbria, Italy
  • Hybrid Strawberry Tree (Arbutus x andrachnoides, Arbutus hybrida, Arbutus serratifolia) in Spring at Highdown Gardens, West Sussex, England, UK.
  • Wild Strawberry Tree (Arbutus unedo), Mediterranean mountain, Zante, Greece, 2009
  • Westlicher Erdbeerbaum, Erdbeer-Baum, Arbutus unedo, Strawberry Tree, Arbousier commun
  • Strawberry Tree with ripe fruit, Ganges, Herault, France
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  • Canary strawberry tree, Canary Islands’ Strawberry Tree, Canaries Madrone (Arbutus canariensis), blooming, endemic to the Canary Islands, Canary Islands, Tenerife
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  • Symbol of Madrid – statue of Bear and strawberry tree, Puerta del Sol, Spain.
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  • Arbutus or Strawberry tree (Arbutus unedo), Valverde del Camino, Huelva province, Region of Andalusia, Spain, Europe
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  • a miniature of the Bear and the Strawberry Tree, the symbol of Madrid, Spain, on the hand of a young man against an off-white background, with some bl
  • Strawberry Tree, Arbutus, Manzanita
  • Fruits, strawberry tree (Arbutus unedo), Faro District, Portugal
  • Madrid’s symbol, Statue of the bear and strawberry tree, Puerta del Sol Square, maked in the1967, by Navarro Santafé, Madrid, Spain, Europe
  • Strawberry Tree Fruits. Orvieto, Terni Province, Umbria, Italy
  • A group of cream bell shaped flowers on the strawberry tree Arbutus unedo
  • Wild Strawberry Tree flowers (Arbutus unedo), Mediterranean mountain, Zante, Greece, 2009
  • Westlicher Erdbeerbaum, Erdbeer-Baum, Arbutus unedo, Strawberry Tree, Arbousier commun
  • Strawberry Tree with ripe fruit, Ganges, Herault, France
  • Italy, Sardinia, Cagliari province, strawberry tree (Arbutus unedo)
  • Branch of Strawberry Tree Arbutus unedo showing white flowers and red orange fruit Peloponnese Greece
  • Canary strawberry tree, Canary Islands’ Strawberry Tree, Canaries Madrone (Arbutus canariensis), tree trunk, branches and leaves, endemic to the Canary Islands, Canary Islands, Tenerife
  • A Red Admiral butterfly (Vanessa atalanta) sucks nectar from the whitish bell-shaped flowers of a strawberry tree (Arbutus unedo). Winchester, Hampshi
  • Symbol of Madrid – statue of Bear and strawberry tree, Puerta del Sol, Spain.
  • Arbutus, Killarney Strawberry Tree, Strawberry Madrone, Strawberry Tree, Strawberry-Tree, Arbutus unedo f. rubra, Ericaceae.
  • Eastern Strawberry Tree, Arbutus andrachne in flower in spring, Chios, Greece
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  • Arbutus unedo. Strawberry tree small flowers in clusters
  • Sardinia, Italy: fruits of strawberry tree
  • Strawberry Tree (Arbutus unedo) flowers, fruit and foliage on a street tree outside the Horseshoe Inn, Melior Street, London SE1
  • Fruit of strawberry tree with snow (Greece)
  • The Bear and the Strawberry Tree, city symbol of Madrid, Plaza Puerto del Sol, Madrid, Spain, Europe
  • Arbutus unedo – strawberry tree, close up.
  • Strawberry Tree Fruits. Orvieto, Terni Province, Umbria, Italy
  • arbutus unedo quercifolia strawberry tree white flowers flower flowering blooming autumn fall
  • Arbutus unedo leaf (strawberry tree) isolated on white background
  • Westlicher Erdbeerbaum, Erdbeer-Baum, Arbutus unedo, Strawberry Tree, Arbousier commun
  • Man picking strawberry tree fruit, Ganges, Herault, France
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  • Irish strawberry tree with one red ball.
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  • Arbutus, Killarney Strawberry Tree, Strawberry Madrone, Strawberry Tree, Strawberry-Tree, Arbutus unedo f. rubra, Ericaceae.
  • Eastern Strawberry Tree, Arbutus andrachne in flower in spring, Chios, Greece
  • female long tailed blue butterfly Latin lampides boeticus on strawberry tree blossom Latin arbutus unedo showing bell-shaped flowers in early October
  • Statue of The Bear and The Strawberry Tree,Madrid,Spain
  • Sardinia, Italy: fruits of strawberry tree.
  • Statue of the Bear and the Strawberry Tree. Plaza Mayor (Main Square), Madrid, Spain
  • Snow-covered strawberry tree with fruits (Greece)
  • Bark of the Pacific Madrone, Arbutus or Strawberry Tree (Arbutus menziesii), Victoria, Vancouver Island, Canada
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  • Strawberry Tree Fruits. Orvieto, Terni Province, Umbria, Italy
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Strawberry Tree Species

Types of Strawberry Trees, Different Strawberry Tree Species

  • Arizona madrone, Arbutus arizonica
  • Arbutus glandulosa
  • Arbutus peninsularis
  • Arbutus tessellata
  • Strawberry Tree, Arbutus unedo
  • Texas Madrone, Arbutus xalapensis
  • Pacific Madrone, Arbutus menziesii
  • Marina Strawberry Tree, Arbutus marina

Here is some detailed information on the strawberry tree also known as cane apple.

It is a small to medium-sized evergreen tree growing up to 10 to 20 m (33 to 66 ft) high, with smooth gray bark and a uniform spherical to hemispherical crown. It is dioecious, with separate male and female plants. It tolerates poor acidic soils. The root system is 5 to 60 cm (2.0 to 24 in) deep, with no obvious taproot.

Soil: Grows best in well drained soil. Drought tolerant.

Blooms: The strawberry tree produces masses of white flowers in the later months of the year. The fruit takes 12 months to ripen so you will see mature flowers and fruit on the tree at the same time.

Strawberry Fruit

The fruit is spherical, 1.5 to 2.5 cm (0.59 to 0.98 in) in diameter, with a knobby surface. The surface color is typically a deep, brilliant red, but may vary from white to purple. The flesh color is similar to surface color, or somewhat lighter. The flesh is sweet and very tart. At the center is a single seed, with a diameter about half that of the whole fruit.

It is native to eastern Asia, mainly in China, where it has been grown for at least 2000 years. Chinese cultivation is concentrated south of the Yangtze River, where it is of considerable economic importance. Its niche is forests on mountain slopes and valleys at altitudes of 100 to 1500 m.
The tree is used as ornaments for parks and streets. It is also a traditional tree used in composing Classical East Asian Gardens.

Some cultivars with large fruit, up to 4 cm in diameter, have been developed. Besides fresh consumption, the fruits may be dried, canned, soaked in baijiu (Chinese liquor), or fermented into alcoholic beverages.

The fruit of the strawberry tree is more popular with birds than people and is a good food source for birds in winter.

Strawberry Tree Trivia

The strawberry tree wood is used to make utensils, bowls, and pipes.

The fruit from the strawberry tree can be used to make jams, beverages, and liqueurs.

The strawberry tree is valued in traditional medicine for its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. It is also used as an astringent and antiseptic.

In the later months of the year the strawberry tree produces sprays of small, white, bell-shaped flowers.

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