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Arbutus (Mediterranean Strawberry Tree)

Strawberry Trees from the costal humid areas of the Mediterranean, the USA and Mexico. All have laurel like, dark gree, shiny, leathery foliage and hundreds of small white bellflowers in autumn. Red strawberry like fruits develop in winter and are edible. All species prefer a rather loam-free soil on a peat basis with some sand added for a better drainage. In mild regions they may be planted out to a protected, sunny spot in the garden, alternatively grow in containers and keep plants drier and in fully sun in winter at a minimum of some 5°C.
Sow flat at a minimum of some 20°C throughout the year in a well drained, humus rich, sandy soil in a sunny spot. Keep soil always slightly moist.
All are USDA Climate Zone 8.
20 seeds per package.
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Arbutus andrachne (Eastern Mediterranean Strawberry Tree)

Arbutus andrachne (Eastern Mediterranean Strawberry Tree)

200 (400)cm, Eastern Mediterranean Strawberry Tree or Cyprus Strawberry Tree is a large shrub to small tree with broad bluish green, evergreen foliage and cinnamon red stems. White bell-flowers and bright red fruits similar to those in Arbutus unedo. Native of the island of Cyprus (Greece) and the eastern Mediterranean region. For any humus rich, slightly acidic soil. Older plants are hardy in a protected, partially shaded spot. Otherwise it makes as well an excellent pot plant for wintergardens in colder climates. USDA Climate Zone 8. X-IX.

Arbutus menziesii (Pacific Madrone)

Arbutus menziesii (Pacific Madrone)

3 (7)m, Pacific Madrone is native to redwood and mixed evergreen forest in coastal areas growing at up to 2.200m in north western North America. It bears small, intense orange fruits. For any rich, well drained soil in a sunny spot with some good winter protection. In colder climates grow as a container plant. Keep drier in winter at a minimum of some 5°C in full sun. Seeds from a certified wild collection in Siskiyou County, California, USA at some 450m. USDA climate zone 9. XI-IV.

Arbutus texana (Arbutus texana)

Arbutus texana (Arbutus texana)

4 (7)m, Arbutus texana (syn. Arbutus xalapensis, Arbutus xalapensis var. texana) is a medium sized tree with leathery, dark green elliptical leaves and ornamental, small, bright orange fruits. For any rich, well drained soil in a sunny spot with some good winter protection. In colder climates grow as a container plant. Keep drier in winter at a minimum of some 5°C in full sun. Seeds from a certified wild collection in Eddy County, New Mexico, USA at some 1700m. USDA climate zone 9. IX-XII.

Arbutus unedo (Strawberry Tree)

Arbutus unedo (Strawberry Tree)

2 (4)m, Strawberry Tree is native from the costal humid areas of Portugal and the western Mediterranean region. It has laurel like, dark green, shiny, leathery foliage and hundreds of small bell shaped, perfectly white flowers. The bright red fruits develop from autumn through winter and are edible. Prefers a loam-free soil on a peat basis with some coarse sand added to enhance drainage. Seeds from a wild collection in the Sierra de Llevant in eastern Mallorca, Spain at some 250m. USDA climate zone 8. X-V.