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Arbutus, Strawberry Tree, evergreen shrub, evergreen tree, Arbutus unedo, Arbutus menziesii,madrona, Pacific madrona, laurelwood, and Oregon laurel

Arbutus

Arbutus are evergreen trees and shrubs noted for their ornamental bark, small bell-shaped flowers, decorative and edible fruit that resemble strawberries in size and color. Equally beautiful is their glossy dark green foliage that looks fresh throughout the year. Arbutus are fairly compact trees so they are great for smaller gardens and courtyards. They will grow anywhere as long as the soil is well-drained and not too wet in summer. Once established, they are indestructible.

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Arbutus unedo (Strawberry Tree)

Noted for its remarkable flowers, fruit, leaves, and bark, Arbutus unedo (Strawberry Tree) is a charming, broadleaf evergreen shrub or small tree with four-season ornamental interest. From fall to midwinter, a profusion of drooping clusters of fragrant, bell-shaped, white flowers hang at the tip of the branches. Pollinated by bees, the round, 1 in. fruits (2.5 cm) appear in winter and gradually ripen to yellow to red in twelve months. They are often in color when the new attractive flowers begin to bloom in fall.

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