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Strawberry Tree

Arbutus unedo

Description:

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.

Habitat:

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

Notes:

Medronheiro (Portuguese)

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2 Comments

Ana Rosa
Ana Rosa 7 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 http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/1358...

Ana Rosa
Spotted by
Ana Rosa

Algarve, Portugal

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

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