Arbutus unedo

Botanical Name: Arbutus unedo

Phonetic: are-Boo-tus you-NEE-doe

Common Name(s): Strawberry Tree

Family: Ericaceae
Origin: South Europe and Southwest Ireland
Plant Type: Shrub/small tree
Persistence: Evergreen

Leaf Type: Simple
Number of Leaflets: –
Leaf Color: 
Fall Color: –
Texture: Medium
Density: Medium
Bloom Season: Winter (October to December)
Flower Color(s): White

Exposure: Sun/part shade
USDA: 7-11
Climate Zone(s): 
Growth Rate: Medium               
Height: 29 feet
Spread: 26 feet
Hydrozone: Medium
Pest/Diseases: Pest tolerant
Soil: Nutrient rich, well-drained soil, lime tolerant, can grow in heavy clay

Features: Tolerates industrial pollution, attractive flower and fruit (both mature at the same time), fruit IS edible (does not taste good), fruit takes 12 months to ripen, attracts birds
Uses: Woodland garden, specimen, lawn tree, hedge, standard

Medicinal properties: All parts of the plants contain ehyl gallate which possesses strong antibiotic activity. The leaves, bark, and root are astringent and can be used in the treatement of diseases of the urinary tract such as cystitis and urethritis. Its adstringend properties makes it of use in the treatment of diarrhea, dysentery, and can be used as a gargle for sores and irritated throats.

(Source: Plants For A Future, web.)

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