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Strawberry tree seeds

Strawberry tree seeds

Rough skinned red fruit with mealy, edible pulp.

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A medium sized bushy tree that can reach 30ft, but usually remains only 8-15ft. Blooming period is usually autumn and winter, followed by fruits ripening from yellow to orange, and finally red over the next 9-12 months. Fruits and flowers usually appear on the tree together. Flowers are white-pink, and look much like blueberry flowers, having a bell shape.


Growing Environment

Trees are salt tolerant, and do best in mild, wet winter climates, with dry, warm-hot summers.


Fruits can be eaten fresh but don’t have too much flavor, they are usually used to ferment and make an alcoholic beverage. The trees are commonly planted as ornamentals for their pretty flowers and fruit.

Native Range

Native to Southern Europe and the Mediterranean region.

Related Species

Arbutus unedo
Strawberry Tree
Arctostaphylos glauca
Big Berry Manzanita
Arctostaphylos rainbowensis
Rainbow Manzanita
Vaccinium consanguineum
Costa Rican Blueberry
Vaccinium gaultheriifolium
Chinese Blueberry
Vaccinium ovatum
Coast Huckleberry

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The Garden of Eaden

The Strawberry tree is a gorgeous, small, evergreen tree that is noted for its unusual strawberry-like fruits. usually propagated from cuttings, the Strawberry tree can be rather expensive to purchase but if you can get hold of ripened fruit then you have an excellent chance of growing your own stock of Strawberry trees from seed.


You should sow Strawberry tree seeds when they are fully ripe, usually in March. Use a good quality compost such as John Innes ‘Seed and Cutting’ or create your own using 2 part moss peat and 1 part lime-free horticultural sand. Sow the seeds in pans, or large modular trays, water in and then place inside a cold frame.

Once the seedlings have emerged, they can be pricked out, but be careful so as to reduce any damage to the root systems. Plant these on onto individual 3-4 inch pots using John Innes ‘No 2’, gently water in and place back into the cold frame for another year or so.

The young plants will be ready for transplanting into their final positions in May to March. They will require a sunny sheltered position away from cold northerly or easterly winds. They are happy in an ordinary well-drained, but moist soil, but they will perform best in alkaline soils.

While young plants will benefit from some winter protection, the Strawberry tree will become progressively hardy as it matures.

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Strawberry Tree (Arbutus Unedo) 10 seeds

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The elegant strawberry tree is best distinguished by its highly ornamental fruits that turn from gold to red. It is a broad, upright large shrub or small tree native to southern European and the eastern Mediterranean with an adjunct population in Ireland. Like many members of the heath family (Ericaceae), it favors moist, rich, slightly acid soil but will also tolerate summer drought. Mature specimens adopt an appealing vase-shaped habit and gnarled branches.
Fully evergreen, ovate leaves of dark green cover the tree. These have a leathery texture and may be susceptible to sun scald and wind desiccation in winter. The mature stems are lined with gray bark that peels away to reveal a nice cinnamon brown layer beneath. Bloom time is variable depending on geographic location, but most flower in autumn. The pendulous clusters of urn-shaped flowers are creamy white and pollinated by bees. They give rise to the colorful “strawberry” fruits the following autumn. It is not uncommon for plants to have flowers and fruit at the same time. The fruits are edible but don’t taste good.
Strawberry tree grows best in full to partial sun and fertile soil with a slightly acid to neutral pH. It is quite drought tolerant once established. Growth tend to be better where summers are dry and winter weather is cool and wet. Shelter from winter winds and in more arid regions provide more shade and irrigation in autumn. Strawberry tree is a good choice for Oceanside plantings and makes a lovely specimen plant for yard and garden.
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Genus – Arbutus
Species – Unedo
Common name – Strawberry Tree
Pre-Treatment – Required
Hardiness zones – 7 – 10
Height – 20′-25′ / 6 – 7.60 m
Spread – 20′-25′ / 6 – 7.60 m
Plant type – Large shrub / small tree
Vegetation type – Deciduous
Exposure – Full Sun, Partial Shade
Growth rate – Slow
Soil PH – Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil type – Clay, Loam, Sand
Water requirements – Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Landscape uses – Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Shade Trees
Leaf / Flower color – Green / White, light pink