Arbutus unedo is commonly referred to as the Strawberry tree due to the strawberry like fruits which are produced in the autumn time, however don’t be fooled, they do NOT taste good!
This attractive evergreen tree has young shoots that are tinged red and harden to dark green. The small white, bell shaped flowers appear in small clusters and are produced together with the red fruit in the autumn, providing a contrasting display. As this tree matures, the brown bark sheds, giving it a peeling, ragged appearance.
The late flowering of this tree makes it useful for Bees in honey production and the fruit is also tasty for birds. Fruits can be used to produce jams, beverages and liquors for human consumption, however are not advisable to eat raw.
A popular garden tree which was awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit in 2002 and of a First Class Certificate in 1933!
Arbutus unedo will tolerate most soil conditions, preferring a moist, well-drained soil and unusually for an ericaceous plant it does tolerate lime. The tough evergreen leaves help to make this tree a good choice for exposed and coastal sites.
This tree produces an oval headed specimen at maturity and can be useful as a screening tree. It is also a good choice in gardens where management is required to limit size and spread as it will tolerate hard pruning in late March/April (after the last frost), very vigorously growing back to its former glory.
Barcham Trees are delivered using a local team of hauliers whom are well versed in transporting trees across the length and breadth of the UK. Our standard delivery is based upon sharing a delivery slot on one of our lorries and is calculated on a county by county basis.
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Free delivery is granted on the following order levels:
England, orders over £2,750
Wales, orders over £3,750
Scotland, orders over £4,750
Once you have completed your order online we will phone you to schedule in your delivery. On many occasions we are able to link in your order quickly but please allow up to 15 working days from the time of order to delivery as the worst case scenario.
Please note that all of our deliveries are made on Heavy Goods Vehicles, with our smallest available lorry generally being a 10 tonne vehicle. Deliveries are made to kerbside, or nearest reasonable access point and the lorry drivers are unable to move the trees once they are onsite.
For those of you ordering Instant trees, have special requirements or access limitations, please remember that throughout this process we are only a phone call away! Our experienced team of arborists are on hand to offer advice and can be contacted Monday to Friday between 9am - 5:30pm on 01353 720 950.
For further details of our delivery service and conditions, please visit our Delivery Service Advice page.