The Plantsman Plantsman's Corner Selected hardy plants from around the world. Sown, grown and grafted in North Yorkshire. tel 07707 694310
Proprietor: Malcom Hockham

Arbutus unedo

Arbutus unedo (Killarney Strawberry Tree)

Common Name

Killarney Strawberry Tree


Fertile, humous rich well drained soil


Sunny sheltered site


15 - 20ft

Action and Timing

Spreading shrubby small tree with gnarled cinnamon coloured bark, shedding with maturity. Small waxy pink tinged white flowers are borne alongside the strawberry like fruit during autumn and winter. Evergreen.

Nursery Notes

Propagate by seed or semi-ripe cuttings in summer. A worthy plant given some shelter, though i'm not sure this is as essential as it was.


A lovely small tree, so gnarled and mature looking from just a few years old that it is brilliant for adding maturity to even new gardens. It is a highly attractive and desirable plant and I recommend it wholeheartedly. Despite its common name Arbutus unedo actually comes from mediterranean regions and was introduced into Ireland around 1835. It is worth noting that despite being from the 'Ericaceae' family, this particular Strawberry Tree is very lime tolerant, which dramatically increases its all round value.

This plant was added to the database on 21st December, 2009.

Plantsman's Corner
Home     The Grower     The Philosophy     The Plants     Journal     The Way     Lectures & Bookings     Eggleston Hall Gardens     Contact Malcolm
Web site design by Newsquest (Yorkshire & North East) Ltd Digital Media