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Tree  Strawberry Tree

Strawberry Tree - Photo  Copyright 2001 Gary Bradley
Photo: G. Bradley

UK Safari Tip:
To help you identify different trees get the colourful fold out chart called "Tree Name Trail" from the Nature Shop - click here

Latin name: Arbutus unedo

Size: Grows to around 10 metres in height.

Distribution: Found throughout the UK. Often planted in parks and gardens.

Flowering months: October to November.

Special features: The strawberry tree gets its name from the red fruits which appear in October and November. Although similar in size and appearance to real strawberries they have a very bitter taste.

The pretty white bell-shaped flowers appear at the same time, and these will produce fruits the following year.

The glossy leaves, which are evergreen, have a serrated edge.

The bark of the tree is a dusty red colour, and the trunk is usually quite short.

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