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Care of the plant Arbutus andrachne or Greek strawberry tree.

Care of the plant Arbutus andrachne or Greek 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 andrachne, Arbutus unedo, Arbutus canariensis, Arbutus arizonica, Arbutus menziesii.

Common name: Greek strawberry tree. This species is native to the eastern mediterranean.

They are evergreen shrubs or small trees with very decorative reddish bark that reach 8 meters high and 3 meters wide. The leaves are leathery, deep green and oval in shape. The flowers are small, white and appear in clusters. They bloom in spring. The fruits are similar to those of the Arbutus unedo but with a smooth texture.

They are used to form hedges, barriers or shrub groups and also as isolated specimens (with arboreal bearing).

Arbutus andrachne can grow in a full or bright or semi-shade exposure; It has good resistance to cold and frost down to -12 ºC.

They can live in any type of soil but prefer deep soil with organic matter. Planting is done in spring at the rate of one specimen per square meter.

Water regularly in summer and spring but waiting until the soil has dried. Reduce watering when fall arrives.

Fertilize with compost or manure in the fall.

They tolerate pruning in late winter when frost danger ends.

They are plants resistant to pests and diseases.

They propagate from seeds sown in spring or by cuttings in late summer.

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Arbutus andrachne
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