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Strawberry Tree

Arbutus unedo


Evergreen shrub or small tree in the family Ericaceae. Grows to 5-10 m tall, rarely up to 15 m, with a trunk diameter of up to 80 cm. Zone: 7-10 The leaves are dark green and glossy, 5-10 cm long and 2-3 cm broad, with a serrated margin. The hermaphrodite flowers are white (rarely pale pink), bell-shaped, 4-6 mm diameter, produced panicles of 10-30 together in autumn. They are pollinated by bees. The fruit is a red berry, 1-2 cm diameter, with a rough surface, maturing 12 months at the same time as the next flowering. The fruit is edible, though many people find it bland and mealy; the name 'unedo' is explained by Pliny the Elder as being derived from unum edo "I eat one", which may seem an apt response to the flavour.


Native to the Mediterranean region and western Europe north to western France and Ireland. Grows well in limy soils


Medronheiro (Portuguese)

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Ana Rosa
Ana Rosa 11 years ago

Thank you António! Yes, the licor is famous around here but it's a bit strong for me =)
Thank you for the heads up about the mission!

Ana :) beautiful fruit it makes a delicious licour :)
have you saw this new mission,i think you maybee have some spottings that could fit here

Ana Rosa
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Ana Rosa

Algarve, Portugal

Spotted on Nov 6, 2005
Submitted on Sep 23, 2012

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