Arbutus Unedo aka Kilarney Strawberry Tree
A really delightful small tree with a marvellous spreading habit, the Strawberry Tree (Arbutus unedo) will grace a garden with interesting peeling brown bark and shiny vivid green leaves. An exhibition of colour during autumn, when the mildly sweet-scented white flowers sometimes tinged pink, are formed and the fruit from the previous year turn the strawberry red colour, not dissimilar in appearance to Strawberries. Although edible, they have been described as bland and "OMG, that was such a let down" along with "DISAPOINTED!!!" although some regions such as Portugal and Albania use them for Brandy. The fruits are eaten by birds so think twice if you are beautifying your parking lot with them as car owners may not share your enthusiasm.
It has the RHS Award Of Garden Merit for outstanding features compared to other similar trees.
This tree is suitable for a wide range of situations and it will tolerate coastal gardens and chalky soils. Expect a 10-year height of around 4 metres but could go on to be twice that in height and width depending on local conditions. Considered to have an extensive root system so good for stabilising soils such as inclines and mounds.
Considered to be a pioneer plant that grows well in poor soil, it is good for preventing desertification but don't go planting it on Blackpool beach and expect fertile gardens of Kent next year.
Mature Strawberry Tree Arbutus Unedo Size Options
Below are our most popular options. We have many larger sizes and shapes e.g. Umbrella.
60-90cm: 3-5L pot, 60-90cm tall
100+cm: 5-7 litre pot, 100-125cm tall
125+cm :Single stem, 2-3 years old 5-12 litre pot
Girth 6-8 cm (HS) :Half Standard, 18L pot. *A clear stem of around 80-150cm plus a canopy of 30-60cm. Good for pots/small spaces.
Girth 8-10 cm :Standard, 35L pot. *Clear stem of around 180-220cm and canopy around 40-80cm.
Girth 8-10 cm (HS) :Half Standard, 20L pot. *A clear stem of around 80-150cm plus head (larger than 6-8cm option). Good for pots/small spaces.
Girth 10-12 cm :Standard, 50L pot. *Clear stem of around 180-220cm and canopy larger than girth 8-10cm.
Girth 10-12 cm (HS) :Half Standard, 25L pot. *A clear stem of around 80-150cm plus head(larger than 8-10cm option). Good for pots/small spaces.
Girth 12-14 cm :Standard,50L pot. *Clear stem of around 180-220cm and canopy larger than girth 10-12cm.
Girth 12-14 cm (HS) :Half Standard, 50L pot. *A clear stem of around 80-150cm plus head(larger than 10-12cm option). Good for pots/small spaces.
Girth 14-16 cm : Standard, 70L pot. *Clear stem of around 180-220cmcm and canopy larger than girth 12-14cm.
Multi-Stem 125-150cm :30-35L pot. Shrub/bush and around 125-150cm tall.
Multi-Stem 150-175cm :35-50L pot. Shrub/bush and around 150-175cm tall.
Multi-Stem 175-200cm :70-90L pot. Shrub/bush and around 175-200cm tall.
Mature Arbutus Unedo Options Explained
*Heights are given as a very rough guideline and can have considerable variation based on species and supplier (each nursery experiences different growing conditions) It may even have been pruned before being sent out so we can only guarantee girth.
Once a mature Arbutus Unedo is over around 200cm/4 years old then girth is the best measure of value for money. For every girth measurement increment e.g. 6-8cm to 8-10cm (roughly 12-18months growth), the canopy will be wider, stronger, bushier and the root system larger as it has experienced 12-18 months growth. You can notice larger root systems with potted versions because the pot size increases with maturity. As a very general rule, each one cm girth measurement represents around 30cm growth but this doesn't apply to slow-growing trees.
Multistem means several stems starting very low to the ground. Comparing these with the same age Standard and Half Standard, these are typically shorter as growing several stems takes more effort than one stem.
Standard and Half Standard means lollipop shape. There is a more clear stem with a Standard.
Planting Arbutus Unedo
It is not a fan of hard frosts so if your experience of garden wildlife is penguins and polar bears then this is not the tree for you. Performs well in most soils from sand to clay and acid to alkaline although acid gives better results. Plant in full sun if possible. Tolerant of urban pollution if you are thinking of roadside planting and best to plant in its intended spot as it is like your grandad at Christmas, doesn't like to be moved.
Pruning Arbutus Unedo
Generally speaking, they prefer to be left alone however cutting out dead, diseased and crossed over branches is a good idea.
Very Interesting Or Completely Dull Information About Arbutus Unedo
Long hot summers will likely reduce the production of fruits.
Apparently, the Arbutus Unedo is fire resistant but not in the sense you can replace CO2 extinguishers with them. They can regrow after a fire.
Not a good tree to plant close to where bees are kept as it can make the honey bitter to the taste.
It was never considered to be part of the Welsh flag because they wanted something more believable like a dragon.
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Ornamental Tree Roots In The Shade e.g. Behind A Fence
It is more important that that foliage (posh term for leaves) receives the sunlight than the roots. So if the canopy of your ornamental tree can sunbathe but the bottom of your tree thinks there has been a nuclear winter then that is ok. You might want to ensure you have good drainage as water and no sun is the start of algae and other such issues.
Early Autumn Leaf Fall
Heat stress, being potted, lack of water, being boxed up for a few days etc can cause early Autumn leaf fall. Once planted, normal service will resume next season.
Do I Need To Stake My Ornamental Tree?
9 out of 10 times the answer will be no, especially if under 200cm tall. However our article on Tree Staking should help guide you.
Climate Change has increased aesthetic foliage issues such as Powdery Mildew, Shothole, Rust, frost damage etc These are not terminal issues and will usually last a season or less. All trees are inspected before being sent out to ensure they are fundamentally healthy and will bounce back.