Arbutus unedo Tree

Strawberry Tree
  • From £39.99 (ex VAT)

Arbutus unedo, known as the Strawberry tree, is a small evergreen tree which produces bright-red fruits in the autumn, along with pendulous clusters of white, urn shaped flowers in November. The fruits are popular with birds and although can be eaten by humans, are unpleasant. With its evergreen bay like leaves and rich terracotta brown, tactile, peeling bark and dark evergreen bay like leaves, the feature packed Strawberry tree is very popular.

Tolerant of pollution, acid and alkaline soils and exposed coastal positions, Arbutus unedo is quite resilient but will prefer a sheltered spot in full sun. This evergreen tree is spreading in form, reaching 5 x 4 metres in 20 years and makes a wonderful addition to smaller gardens and is ideal for screening purposes. We grow the Strawberry tree in both bush and tree forms, the latter makes a makes a good shaped specimen tree.

AKA Strawberry tree, Killarney Strawberry tree

  • Common name: Strawberry tree
  • Latin name: Arbutus unedo
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 5 x 4 metres
  • Seasons of interest: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
  • Foliage: Dark-green, evergreen leaves
  • Flowers: Clusters of white flowers from November and bright-red autumn fruits
  • Soil: Prefers moist, well-drained sites and suited to most soil types, except chalky

Planting Advice for Arbutus unedo Trees

Our pot grown Arbutus unedo trees can be planted at any time of year. Choose a sunny planting position and remove weeds and grass within a metre of this. Dig a square hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 2x as wide. To help the tree establish more effectively, sprinkle root grow in the hole.

Remove the pot, gently loosen the roots and place into the planting hole. Mix 50% of the original soil with 50% compost, fill in the hole and firm around gently. Avoid banking the soil up around the collar of the tree. We recommend planting Strawberry trees (not the bush forms) with a stake and tie kit - instructions are in the planting guide.

Aftercare Advice for Arbutus unedo Trees

If you’re planting Arbutus unedo in spring or summer, water well for the first few months. Increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. If planting in autumn, you may only need to water a little.

Once planted, keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons and if your area is prone to rabbits, use a rabbit guard. Our complete planting kits contain an irrigation system, weed suppressing mulch mat and rabbit guard, as well as the rootgrow and staking kits mentioned above.

Pruning Advice for Arbutus unedo Trees

Arbutus unedo trees do not require a lot of pruning. Simply remove any dead, diseased or awkwardly placed branches from your Killarney Strawberry tree as and when you see them.

Delivery Timescales

Most deliveries are made within a week of placing the order. All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team, with many despatched to our tried and tested couriers within 24 hours (please allow up to 10 days). There's no need to be in to receive your trees and you can request where they are left via the checkout.

There is a slightly longer timescale on pleached and mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height) because we group orders together by geographic area for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers to notify them of the delivery date and whether the delivery driver needs assistance.

Gift trees and those required by a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure, although we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

Our nursery is a busy despatch centre, so please make an appointment to collect or view trees.  For collections, despatch charges will be refunded.

Delivery Costs

1 small tree (most trees with a height under 1.5 metres) : £7.95 + vat

1 medium tree (most trees 1.5-2 metres in height) or 2-4 small trees: £9.95 + vat

2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £12.95 + vat

1-4 large trees (trees too large to fit in a box): £19.95 + vat

Mature, pleached or 5+ large trees: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode. You can buy additional trees with no increase in delivery cost.

The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process.

Northern Ireland, Channel Islands and Non Mainland UK

Our courier charges are not viable for just one or two trees, but if you have a larger requirement then please do speak to us to see if we can find a solution.

The product table at the bottom of the page gives the forms and sizes available for this variety. Please note, photos are a guideline as all plants are unique. Below are definitions of terms:

Supplied Size: Height measured from the top of the pot.

Single Stem / Pruned and shaped: Classic shaped tree with a single stem that has had pruning to help create a beautiful, natural shape.

Top grafted: A height noted next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Top grafted trees do not require complicated pruning and are ideal for small spaces.

Multi Stem: A multi stem tree is has two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system. Take care to buy a true multi-stem like all ours and not those that are 3 saplings in a pot to cheaply imitate them.

Feathered: A feathered tree has branches from the bottom of the trunk all the way up. These branches can be removed if a clear stem is required.

Bush: A plant with many stems low down, rather than one clear stem.

Climber: A plant that is a natural climber and will be delivered usually running up a bamboo cane, ready to position in the garden.

Standard Tree: A more mature tree with an upright clear stem of approximately 1.8m-2.0m (measured from the soil to the lowest branches of the crown). Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (circumference of the stem measured 1m above soil level), not height:

Standard  either 6-10cm or 8-10cm girth, approximately 2.5-3.0m in height
Premium Standard  10-12cm girth, approximately 3.0-3.5m in height
Heavy Standard  12-14cm girth, approximately 3.5-4.5m in height
Extra Heavy Standard 14-16cm girth approximately 4.0-6m in height

Plant Specification Form Supplied Size Root typePrice Quantity Qty
Arbutus unedo Form: Bush Supplied Size: 80-100cm Root type: 10L pot Arbutus unedo Price £39.99 (ex VAT)
Bush 80-100cm 10L pot £39.99 (ex VAT)
Arbutus unedo Form: Single Stem Tree Supplied Size: 100-130cm Root type: 7.5L pot Arbutus unedo Price £44.99 (ex VAT)
Single Stem Tree 100-130cm 7.5L pot £44.99 (ex VAT)
Arbutus unedo Form: Single Stem Tree Supplied Size: 150-200cm Root type: 10L pot Arbutus unedo Price £49.99 (ex VAT)
Single Stem Tree 150-200cm 10L pot £49.99 (ex VAT)
Arbutus unedo Form: Standard Tree, 6-8cm girth Supplied Size: approx 2.5-3.0m Root type: 28L pot Arbutus unedo Price £199.99 (ex VAT)
Standard Tree, 6-8cm girth approx 2.5-3.0m 28L pot £199.99 (ex VAT)
Arbutus unedo Form: Standard Tree, 8-10cm girth Supplied Size: approx 2.5-3.0m Root type: 28L pot Arbutus unedo Price £229.99 (ex VAT)
Standard Tree, 8-10cm girth approx 2.5-3.0m 28L pot £229.99 (ex VAT)
Total: £0.00 (VAT Free)