Arbutus 'Marina' (Strawberry Tree)
Evergreen tree with slow growth. The leaves are large, glossy deep green with red stems, trunk and branches have rich reddish brown peeling bark. Flowers are clusters of rosy pink urn shaped , later forming round fruit that changes from yellow to red and is edible. Arbutus 'Marina' is a large tree, growing to 50 ft. tall with a broad dense crown. The upright branches are covered with a smooth mahogany colored bark which exfoliates in late summer to expose the next year’s bark, at this stage a cinnamon color. The dark green leathery leaves of Arbutus Marina are 4-5 inches long with the flushes of bronze colored new growth from spring through summer which adds interest and lightens the look of the tree. Pendulous clusters of urn-shaped white blushed pink flowers are produced year-round along the coast with peaks in spring and fall. The fruit that follows also appears heaviest in spring and fall in such a manner that the younger yellow fruit are visible while mature red fruit is still on the tree. This adds further to the decorative qualities of this tree as it almost appears as though the tree has Christmas decorations upon it. The fruit is also edible with a flavor likened to a mixture of kiwi fruit and strawberry but as with the fruit of the common strawberry tree, Arbutus unedo, the texture is gritty.
Size: 05,15,24,36,05M,15M,24M US Zone: (View Zone Map)
Sunset Zone: 8,9, 14-24 (View Zone Map)
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