Arbutus Andrachnoides


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SKU: arbutus-unedo-rubra-1 Categories: , ,
Common Name: Hybrid Strawberry Tree
Size: 3 Litre
Hardiness: H4
Hardiness Ratings

All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees ˚C) are shown in brackets

  • H1a: under glass all year (>15˚C)
  • H1b: can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15 ˚C)
  • H1c: can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10 ˚C)
  • H2: tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5 ˚C)
  • H3: hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1 ˚C)
  • H4: hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5 ˚C)
  • H5: hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10 ˚C)
  • H6: hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15 ˚C)
  • H7: hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20 ˚C)
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This plant has won a RHS award

3 Litre Pot

  • RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Position: Full sun, partial shade
  • Soil: Moist, well drained
  • Growth Rate: Slow
  • Flowering Period: Autumn – Spring
  • Hardiness: H4
  • Eventual Height: 4 – 8m
  • Eventual Spread: 4 – 8m

Arbutus Andrachnoides, also known as the ‘Hybrid Strawberry Tree’, a recipient of the much coveted RHS Award of Garden Merit is a large bushy evergreen shrub or small tree with peeling cinnamon brown bark and dark green glossy leaves.   Small white flowers (somethings tinged with pink) are produced from Autumn to Spring.  A wonderful addition to any garden giving all year colour grown as a specimen or in the larger mixed shrub border, and suitable for coastal planting, also an ideal pollinator attracting many bees and other beneficial insects to the garden.

How to care for your Arbutus Andrachnoides

  • Soil: This plant prefers well-drained soil that is slightly acidic. It can tolerate a wide range of soil types, including sandy, loamy, or clay soils.
  • Watering: Prefers moderate watering, with a preference for moist soil that is not waterlogged. During the first few years of growth, water regularly to help establish the plant. After that, water only during periods of drought or prolonged dryness.
  • Sunlight: This plant prefers full sun to partial shade. In hot climates, it may benefit from some afternoon shade to prevent leaf scorch.
  • Fertiliser: Does not require regular fertilisation. If the plant appears to be struggling or has poor growth, a light application of a balanced fertiliser in the Spring can help promote healthy growth.
  • Pruning: This plant does not require pruning but can be pruned lightly in the Spring to shape it or remove any dead or diseased wood. Avoid heavy pruning, as this can cause the plant to produce excessive new growth at the expense of flowers and fruit.
  • Mulching: A layer of organic mulch around the base of the plant can help retain moisture and suppress weeds. Avoid placing the mulch directly against the trunk, as this can promote fungal growth.

By following these simple care instructions, you can keep your Arbutus Andrachnoides healthy and thriving for many years to come.


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