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Strawberry tree

Arbutus unedo

Description:

Arbutus unedo grows to 5–10 m tall, rarely up to 15 m, with a trunk diameter of up to 80 cm. The leaves are dark green and glossy, 5–10 cm (2–4 in) long and 2–3 cm (0.8–1.2 in) 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 meally.

Habitat:

Arbutus unedo is widespread in the Mediterranean region. The plant prefers well-drained soils, and low to moderate soil moisture.

1 Species ID Suggestions

Jopy
Jopy 7 years ago
Strawberry tree
Arbutus unedo Arbutus unedo


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3 Comments

namitha
namitha 7 years ago

Very interesting tree, the fruits look like lychees.

Jopy
Jopy 7 years ago

You're welcome, it was my pleasure to id your spotting :)

Mustafa Rustom
Mustafa Rustom 7 years ago

Thanks Jopy

Mustafa Rustom
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Mustafa Rustom

Marmara Bölgesi, Turkey

Spotted on Nov 4, 2013
Submitted on Nov 5, 2013

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