Strawberry Tree, Arbutus unedo, is a gracefully branched, small, evergreen tree. We love it because it reminds us of one of our favorite natives: the Madrone. With its ruddy peeling bark and its bumpy, sparkling berries, this cousin of the Madrone is drought tolerant, deer resistant, evergreen, and ornamental but unlike its more elusive relative, it's less picky about soil type, survives well in a container, is more tolerant of over and under watering, and transplants well.
The Strawberry tree is often blooming dangling pink or white bells and fruiting at the same time in the late fall through mid-winter when nothing else in the landscape is putting on a show. With its shiny green leaves and shapely red limbs, the Strawberry Tree offers something to appreciate all year long.
"Compacta" gets around 8'h and "Marina" gets around 15'h. Part sun to almost full sun.