• Madroño (Arbustus unedo).C25 Viveros González. Marbella. Centro de jardinería
  • Madroño (Arbustus unedo).C25 Viveros González. Marbella. Centro de jardinería
Madroño (Arbustus unedo).C25 Viveros González. Marbella. Centro de jardinería

Strawberry Tree (Arbustus unedo). C25

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Arbutus unedo (strawberry tree) is a charming broad-leaved evergreen shrub with four-season ornamental interest.

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Known for its fruit, Arbutus unedo (strawberry tree) is a broad-leaved evergreen shrub with four-season ornamental interest.

From autumn to mid-winter, a profusion of drooping clusters of fragrant white bell-shaped flowers hang from the tips of the branches.

Pollinated by bees, the 2.5 cm round fruits appear in winter and gradually ripen to yellow and then red in twelve months.

They are often in colour when the attractive new flowers begin to bloom in autumn. Although edible, the fruits are somewhat sweet but often tasteless and mealy.

Of particular interest is the grey-brown bark of the mature trunks and branches, which peels and gives off an attractive cinnamon fragrance. Lush and attractive, the evergreen foliage of red stems and dark green leaves is glossy and leathery. Often becoming gnarled with age, the arbutus is a very attractive specimen tree with its picturesque, twisted appearance.

It grows slowly to moderately in multi-stemmed form, but can be trained as a single trunk tree to 180-450 cm.

Easily grown in medium, acidic, moist, well-drained soils in full sun or part shade. Tolerates the widest variety of soils and climates, but appreciates good drainage. Some drought tolerance once established.

Ideal as specimen plant, shrub borders, base plantings, hedges, Mediterranean gardens, coastal gardens or containers.

Virtually disease and pest free. Watch for aphids or leaf spot.

Attracts hummingbirds, butterflies and birds. Propagated by seeds and semi-hardwood cuttings.

Native to the Mediterranean and Ireland. Dwarf varieties include: Elfin King; (150 cm), flowers and fruits almost continuously; Oktoberfest; (180-240 cm) with deep pink flowers; Compacta; (300 cm).

5868

Arbutus unedo (strawberry tree) is a charming broad-leaved evergreen shrub with four-season ornamental interest.

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