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Strawberry Trees: A Beginner’s Guide to Growing and Caring

by Gregory
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Strawberry Trees: A Guide for Beginners

What is a Strawberry Tree?

Strawberry trees are small evergreen trees native to the Mediterranean and Ireland. They get their name from their strawberry-like fruit, which ripens at the same time as the following season’s bell-shaped flowers.

Growing Conditions

Strawberry trees prefer well-drained, acidic soil and full sun to partial shade. They are hardy to cold temperatures but may need protection from cold winds and frosts when young.


  • Dig a hole twice as wide as the root ball and deep enough to accommodate the entire root system.
  • Remove the tree from its container and place it in the center of the hole.
  • Backfill with soil and press down to eliminate air pockets.
  • Water thoroughly after planting.


  • Water regularly, especially during dry periods.
  • Avoid overwatering, as strawberry trees do not like soggy soil.
  • Mulch around the base of the tree to retain moisture and suppress weeds.
  • Prune in spring to remove dead or diseased branches and shape the tree.


Strawberry trees can be propagated from seeds, cuttings, or layering. The easiest method is to take cuttings in late summer or early autumn.

Pests and Diseases

Strawberry trees are generally pest-resistant, but they can occasionally be affected by scale insects, aphids, or fungal diseases.


There are several varieties of strawberry trees, including:

  • Arbutus unedo (the true species)
  • Arbutus x reyorum ‘Marina’ (glossy leaves and showy fruits)
  • Arbutus * andrachnoides (smooth, peeling bark)
  • Arbutus rubra (striking red flowers)

Buying Tips

  • Choose a reputable nursery and inspect the plant for health.
  • Avoid plants that appear weak or stressed.
  • Consider the size of the plant and your local climate.


Strawberry trees are beautiful and easy-to-grow ornamental trees that can add interest to any garden. With proper care, they can thrive for many years.

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