Arbutus unedo – Kilarney Strawberry Tree – Ericaceae (Mediterranean)
Habit: Medium-size to large shrub or small tree, 6-8 m tall and wide, expansive, gnarled tree with round crown, slow-growing.
Flowers: White to pink flowers or with touches of greenish, hanging in terminal panicles, autumn and winter.
Fruit: Initially yellow, later dark red, like strawberries, wart-like surface, edible, tasteless.
Leaves: Evergreen, coarse, lanceolate, oval to obovate, finely toothed, shiny medium-green, up to 10 cm long.
Bark: Dark to deep red-brown, shiny, rough, peeling.
Demands: Sun to shade, sheltered, cold house, sufficiently frost hardy when old, responds well to pruning.
Natural habitat: All well drained soil, moderately nutritious, loamy-humic, acidic to alkaline.
Hardiness: Zone 9