Saturday, October 1, 2011

Plant of the Month: October 2011

Arbutus marina or Strawberry tree is a 25-40 ft. tree or four-season evergreen shrub, with cinnamon-colored bark and dark green and glossy leaves.  White or pink bell-shaped flowers appear October to December.  The edible fruit is a rough surfaced orange-red 3/4" berry.

Arbutus marina tolerates a wide variety of soil conditions. Requires part or full sun and is drought tolerant once established.  Can be trained as a single trunked tree, multi-trunked specimen, or grown as a screen or tall hedge.
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