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Arbutus × andrachnoides AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Tree

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H4 (hardy - average winter)

Colour

Flower

White in Autumn and Winter

Foliage

Dark Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Fruit

Orange and Red in Autumn and Winter

Stem

Brown and Red in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

4-8 metres

Ultimate spread

4-8 metres

Time to ultimate height

20-50 years


Preferred common name

hybrid 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. × andrachnoides is a large bushy evergreen shrub with attractive peeling cinnamon-brown trunk and branches. Leaves glossy dark green. Small white urn-shaped flowers in clusters. Fruits small, orange-red

Synonym(s)

  • Arbutus hybrida
  • Arbutus serratifolia

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

Architectural or Low Maintenance


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 1

Pests

Can get aphids

Diseases

Arbutus leaf spot may be a problem