ARBUTUS......
last updated 20/10/2014


ARBUTUS x andrachnoides 
This evergreen hybrid between A.andrachne and A.unedo is extremely versatile being very hardy and lime tolerant. Year round interest is provided since the cinnamon-red peeling bark is most attractive, and it produces bunches of pitcher shaped flowers in late autumn and winter. Slow growing, it can eventually become a small tree.

ARBUTUS 'Marina' 
This evergreen is a handsome hybrid with larger leaves than the more familiar A.unedo. In fact, it is bigger in every way. It seems to be quite happy on limey soil (not extreme though) and the extra vigour gives it a little more resilience to adverse conditions, retaining the lovely peeling bark. If you have dreamt about growing A.menziesii but had neither the soil or the climate, then this could be the plant for you!

ARBUTUS unedo 'Atlantic'
This one has the white flowers of the species, but is more compact. Not particularly dwarf (larger given time than 'Quercifolia' below) just a nicer looking plant than the basic A. unedo. Strawberry-like fruit and lovely bark are typical of the genus. Evergreen of course - as are the others.

ARBUTUS unedo 'Quercifolia'
The smallest of the group, with distinctive wavy edged foliage, named after their resemblance to oak leaves. Flowers and fruit are typical of the genus.

ARBUTUS unedo 'Rubra'
This traditional version of the "strawberry tree" needs little introduction. Red tinged pitcher like flowers hang in bunches in autumn, before developing into the strawberry like fruits which give it its name. Attractive peeling bark too. It has surprised me how well ours has done on our heavy alkaline clay.


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