Other details: This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Soil pH requirements: 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic) 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral) 7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: From semi-hardwood cuttings From hardwood cuttings From hardwood heel cuttings From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse From seed; stratify if sowing indoors From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium
Seed Collecting: Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing
On Jun 6, 2011, music53singer from worcester United Kingdom wrote:
This tree has grown well in my garden in Worcestershire U.K.it has reached 6m and its fruits a so pretty.I want to try and propagate from the tree so will try seeds and hard wood cuttings in the summer.
On Jul 22, 2010, TynanWyatt from San Diego, CA wrote:
I have much experience with unusual edibles and that is what spurred me to try the fruits of this tree. Even though many people cite the "unedo" of the botanical name as meaning "eat one" and therefore it must have a bad taste I have to disagree. Eating fully ripe fruit has been a fantastic experience and I'd say I'd eat them over commercial strawberries (not alpine or musk though), blueberries, rasp- or blackberries, and many others.
When fully ripe they are a deep, shiny red and are very soft. If they are not soft to the point of being hard to keep the fruit together when pulling it off the branch it is not fully ripe. Heat may help develop full flavor as my experience has been on landscape plants at Mesa College in San Diego, CA, USA.
On Jul 29, 2005, panwali from MANRESA Spain wrote:
Where I live, NE Spain, the Strawberry Tree is a native. Here the most frequent colour in flowers is a pale yellow. I grow one in a big container on my balcony. Every year I get a crop of round red berries that taste better than those found in the wild, I ignore the reason why. What I know for sure is that they become much more pallatable if left to over-ripe.
On Jul 22, 2005, Kwanzon from Milford, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:
The Arbutus unedo produces fruit that have an... erm... unusual taste. The species name unedo translates as "eat one". However in Italy on Corsica the fruit of Arbutus unedo is used in wine liqueur and chocolates. The wood if it also was used for making parts for looms. The roots and leaves have an astringent effect so they can be used for medicinal purposes. Overall this plant is very useful and nothing goes to waste. But dont be confuesed with Arbutus andrachne because their friuts are inedible.
On Oct 9, 2002, philomel from Castelnau RB Pyrenées France (Zone 8a) wrote:
The flowers and strawberry like fruit are present on the tree at the same time in late autumn, giving a good display
As the tree matures, the gnarled trunk with brown shredding bark becomes more apparent.
Although a member of the Ericaceae, this plant is lime tolerant
It is frost hardy, but needs to be protected from strong cold winds when young. It enjoys full sun and fertile well drained soil.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Indian Springs Village, Alabama Cottonwood, Arizona Kingman, Arizona Calabasas, California Clovis, California Davis, California El Cajon, California Encinitas, California Escondido, California La Jolla, California Mountain View Acres, California Napa, California Newport Beach, California San Clemente, California San Diego, California (3 reports) Santa Cruz, California Saratoga, California Highland Acres, Delaware Loxahatchee, Florida Kalkaska, Michigan Las Vegas, Nevada Raleigh, North Carolina Brookings, Oregon Portland, Oregon Salem, Oregon (2 reports) East Sumter, South Carolina Eastgate, Washington Edmonds, Washington Navy Yard City, Washington Vancouver, Washington (2 reports) White Center, Washington