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Care of the plant Arbutus unedo or Strawberry tree.

Care of the plant Arbutus unedo or Strawberry tree

The genus Arbutus, family Ericaceae, comprises 12 species of shrubs and trees native to western Europe, the Mediterranean basin, the Canary Islands and North America. Some species are: Arbutus unedo, Arbutus andrachne, Arbutus canariensis, Arbutus arizonica, Arbutus menziesii.

Common name: Strawberry tree. This species is native to the western mediterranean.

Arbutus unedo has medicinal properties. The leaves, bark and young shoots contain tannins. The leaves are used against diarrhea, dysentery, and urinary tract diseases.

They bloom in late summer and at the same time ripen the fruits of the previous year. The fruits are berries of red color and sweet flavor that contain alcohol; They can cause headaches if too much is ingested.

They are evergreen shrubs with oval-shaped leaves with jagged edges. The flowers are shaped like a bell in white, pink or red.

They can grow in full sun or semi-shade exposure. They do not resist continuous frosts.

The Strawberry Tree can be grown in any type of soil. It is convenient to fertilize with manure in autumn and in spring and summer every 20 days with mineral fertilizer.

Irrigation should be frequent although they resist periods of drought.

They tolerate pruning to maintain a compact bearing.

Propagation is carried out by seeds in winter after removing the pulp that covers the seed; they germinate quickly.

Images of the plant Arbutus unedo or Strawberry tree

Arbutus unedo
Arbutus unedo
Arbutus unedo
Arbutus unedo
Arbutus unedo
Arbutus canariensis
Arbutus canariensis
 

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