Common Names: Strawberry Tree, Killarney Strawberry Tree
Botanical Name: Arbutus unedo
Plant Family: Ericaceae
Life Cycle: Evergreen shrub or small tree
Hardiness Zone: USDA zones 7b-9b
Habit: Flowers are pale pink to white and appear in mid-fall to early winter. Plant can reach 20-30 feet tall and 20 feet wide. (Can be pruned to control size.)
Sun/Soil: Full sun
Germination/Sowing: These seeds are not easy to propagate and will require some special attention to temperature.
Growing/Care: Arbutus unedo is a tough plant. It can take rough conditions and flourish. Grows well in poor soil in full sun.
Harvesting: Harvest the seeds when the fruits are red.
Culinary Uses: Fruit can be eaten fresh but it doesn't keep well. More frequently fermented for traditional kinds of drinks and can be made into preserves.
Medicinal Uses: Leaves have been used traditionally in herbal medicine.
Themes/Designs: Mediterranean, Ecological, Low water, Pollinator