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Strawberry Tree (Arbutus Unedo)

An small evergreen tree, generally growing to no more than 20 feet/3 metres in height, and having laurel-like leaves.

It's native to South West Ireland, and it's believed to date back before the last ice age, as it's not found naturally in the remained of the British Isles.

It has a profusion of pretty white flowers during the summer and autumn months, while its red fruit, measuring up to 1 ins/20cm take 11 months to mature – so it normally has flowers and fruit at the same time.

The fruit looks a little like a strawberry from a distance, but when tasted is disappointingly sweet and insipid.

If wishing to grow a strawberry tree, they are tolerant of most soils except those heavy with lime, but like a sheltered position, away from northerly winds.

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