Strawberry Tree Arbutus unedo
The Strawberry tree is an evergreen bush or small tree native to the Mediterranean region and south-western Ireland. It was first introduced to England from Ireland in the 16th century. It is now quite common in parks and gardens in warmer areas. The Hybrid Strawberry Tree is found in some gardens. This is a natural cross between the Strawberry Tree and the Cyprus Strawberry Tree. The Strawberry Tree bears attractive red berries in late autumn but they are unpalatable (hence the scientific species name ‘unedo’ which means ‘I eat one-only’ ). Click on any photo to enlarge it.