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PlantFiles: Strawberry Tree
Arbutus 'Marina'

Family: Ericaceae (er-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Arbutus (ar-BYOO-tus) (Info)
Cultivar: Marina

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30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

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USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
Pale Pink

Bloom Time:
Mid Fall
Late Fall/Early Winter
Mid Winter


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
4.5 or below (very acidic)
4.6 to 5.0 (highly acidic)
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)
8.6 to 9.0 (strongly alkaline)
over 9.1 (very alkaline)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive newgreenguy On May 13, 2012, newgreenguy wrote:

This is a very beautiful tree. Though I don't personally have it (wish i had the room for it..), I have admired it for quite some time. I guess the definition of "small" depends on the size of your lot because I have seen these get 30+ft which though small for a tree is fairly large for most yards here in SoCal. I prefer the multitruk, but the single trunk also looks good.

Positive Jungleman On Oct 10, 2008, Jungleman from Pasadena, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

This is a choice garden tree. The beauty of it is unparalleled - pretty flowers, berries that attract birds, lush broadleaved evergreen appearance, picturesque red peeling bark, and a gnarled trunk appearance with some age. It is tolerant of many soils and can take water, or live with minimal irrigation - as you please.

I feel it is at it's best when some of the interior branches are pruned out to allow it to develop either a multiple trunk, or a standard, with an open broad canopy. By keeping the branching more open, you really show the trunk off to maximum effect.

It is not particularly expensive, and is showing up in more and more nurseries. I look forward to this being planted more often - it deserves to be, especially as a well-behaved street tree.

Positive Redtootsiepop On Jun 21, 2007, Redtootsiepop from Livermore, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

I adore this tree (as do the birds) absolutely beautiful berries (late Fall here). Year round it looks fantastic, but the berries are my favorite - the robins love them, too.

Positive ebough On Jun 20, 2007, ebough from Los Altos, CA wrote:

This is a very elegant small tree. The canopy is evergreen with a variegated appearance and the trunk is a striking reddish brown. It tolerates both lawn watering and drought. Always important in California, it is resistant to oak-root fungus. What's not to like?


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Calabasas, California
Carlsbad, California
Carmel, California
Fremont, California
Fresno, California
Napa, California
Pasadena, California
San Jose, California
San Leandro, California
San Mateo, California
Ukiah, California
Winchester, California
Seneca, South Carolina
Belton, Texas

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