Strawberry Tree is an attractive small evergreen shade tree, with its shiny dark green color and attractive bark and multi-trunk branching habit. The flowers and fruit are also attractive highlights during the year. Once established, it is a very durable tree. The fruit drop tends to be messy near drives or walkways. It may require regularly scheduled light top-trimming (but not necessarily shearing) of vigorous top shoots to maintain its height below 25'. It is resistant to oak root fungus. Native to Southern Europe and Ireland.
An Arbutus unedo in Santa Ana is registered as a California Big Tree. It measures 35 feet high, with a trunk circumference of 122 inches and a crown spread of 46 feet.
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W. Mark, J. Reimer and C. Stubler
Huntington Botanical Gardens - San Marino, CA, Strybing Arboretum - San Francisco, CA, Huntington Botanical Gardens - San Marino, CA and Santa Barbara City College
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