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Arbutus unedo f. rubra AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Tree

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Pink in Autumn

Foliage

Dark Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Fruit

Red in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

4-8 metres

Ultimate spread

4-8 metres

Time to ultimate height

20-50 years


Preferred common name

pink strawberry tree

Family

Ericaceae


Arbutus are evergreen trees and shrubs with small, bell-shaped creamy-white or pink flowers, and red, strawberry-like fruits in autumn

A. unedo f. rubra is a large bushy evergreen shrub with rough bark and dark green leathery leaves. Rosy-pink urn-shaped flowers in panicles as the red, strawberry-like fruits, from the previous years flowers, ripen

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • North-facing, East-facing, South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained soil. Young plants are more frost-tender than mature plants

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid or Neutral
  • Loam, Clay or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by seed and semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Coastal, Patio/Container Plants or Low Maintenance


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 1

Pests

Can get aphids

Diseases

Arbutus leaf spot may be a problem