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Arbutus unedo Tree

Strawberry Tree
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The Arbutus unedo (Strawberry tree) is an interesting small evergreen tree which produces bright-red fruits in the autumn along with pendulous clusters of white, urn shaped flowers in November. The fruits can be eaten but are unpleasant, although they are popular with birds. Grown as a large shrub, Arbutus unedo makes a good shaped specimen or an effective, dense, evergreen hedge. With its rich terracotta brown, tactile, peeling bark and dark evergreen bay like leaves the Strawberry tree makes a wonderful addition to smaller gardens and is ideal for screening purposes.

Tolerant of pollution, acid and alkaline soils and exposed coastal positions this evergreen tree is quite resilient but will prefer a sheltered spot in full sun. The tree is spreading in form, reaching 5 x 4 metres in 20 years.

AKA Strawberry tree, Killarney Strawberry tree.

  • Common name: Strawberry tree
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • 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: Best planted in moist, well-drained sites and suited to most soil types, excluding chalky

Planting Advice for Arbutus unedo Trees

When planting Evergreen trees, such as the Strawberry tree, it is important to prepare the planting area well. Pot grown strawberry trees can be planted at any time of the year.

Firstly, remove all weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole then dig a hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 2x as wide. We recommend digging a square hole as this encourages the roots to grow straight as opposed to around inside the hole. To help your tree establish more effectively, we advise applying root grow (sprinkle in the hole for pot grown trees), especially if you have poor soil. Gently loosen the roots and place into the planting hole.

If your soil is poor, mix 50% of the original soil with 50% high quality compost, fill in the hole and firm around gently. Make sure not to bank the soil up around the collar of the tree as this can cause problems.

We advise planting young trees with a stake and tie kit. To see how to use a tree stake and tie, watch our informational how to videos.

Aftercare Advice for Arbutus unedo Trees

If you’re planting in dry weather, water well and regularly for the first few months. The same goes for spring and summer planting. Make sure to keep an eye on your young tree and increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. If you’re planting in autumn, you may only need to water your tree a little. We also stock a range of irrigation kits, suitable for a variety of planting schemes.

Once planted, it is important to keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons. Using a glyphosate based weed killer or installing mulch matting and bark chips will aid in this. Do not simply mow the grass around the area as this will only encourage it to grow more vigorously. If you know your area is prone to rabbits, we would advise using a rabbit guard.

Pruning Advice for Arbutus unedo Trees

Evergreen 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 give instructions on where to leave them via the checkout or email sales@ornamental-trees.co.uk.

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 for arrival 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.

Form refers to the shape of the tree defined by the pruning it has received. The photos within the product tables can help you visualise it - click on the photo to enlarge it. For more information, see our Tree Forms Guide or phone our team.

Pruned and shaped: A tree that has had pruning to help create a beautiful overall shape, with the pruning being tailored to the variety. It is our most popular form.

Top grafted: A top grafted tree has a height noted next to the form (e.g. 'Top grafted at 45cm'), which refer to the clear stem height. This bare stem will not grow taller, only the head of branches will develop. Top grafted trees do not require complicated pruning and are ideal for small gardens or patios.

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: On our website a bush means a plant with many stems low down, rather than one singular 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 ground to the lowest branch), which supports a branched crown. Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (the circumference of the stem measured 1m above ground), 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 Tree Form: Bush Supplied Size: 80-100cm Root type: 10L pot Arbutus unedo Tree Price £39.99 (ex VAT)
Bush 80-100cm 10L pot £39.99 (ex VAT)
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Arbutus unedo Tree Form: Pruned & Shaped Tree Supplied Size: 150-200cm Root type: 10L pot Arbutus unedo Tree Price £49.99 (ex VAT)
Pruned & Shaped Tree 150-200cm 10L pot £49.99 (ex VAT)
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Arbutus unedo Tree Form: Standard Tree, 8-10cm girth Supplied Size: approx 2.5-3.0m Root type: 28L pot Arbutus unedo Tree Price £219.99 (ex VAT)
Standard Tree, 8-10cm girth approx 2.5-3.0m 28L pot £219.99 (ex VAT)
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