Arbutus andrachne

Grecian strawberry tree

(1 customer review)

From £33.75

An extremely useful small to medium evergreen shrub or tree, The Greek Strawberry tree has attractive cinnamon coloured peeling park and creamy-white flowers which are followed by strawberry-like fruits in autumn in warm conditions.
From Greece and surrounding areas of southern central Europe, it has been known and written about for centuries.

Origin: Mediterranean Europe and SW Ireland
Genus: Arbutus
Species / Cultivar: andrachne
Common Name: Grecian strawberry tree
Synonym: Arbutus integrifolia

Plant Biography

Seen wild on scrubby hillsides in southern Europe it is an important component of the maquis and is now naturalised in many areas. Locals compete with wild boar for the fruit, which resembles the strawberry, though not as sweet.
In the UK it has been a reliable and popular plant for many years where it is regarded as ‘essential’ in the Mediterranean-style garden.

Arbutus andrachne
Soil: Moist but Well Drained
Soil that allows water to drain at a moderate rate, without the water pooling.
Growth Rate: Medium
Expect to see moderate growth during growing season.
Water Requirement: Medium
Once it is established, this plant is likely to only require watering during drier periods.
Maintenance: Low
Minimal skill or input needed beyond the basics, a very independent plant.
Situation: Full Sun
Wants direct, unfiltered sunlight most of the day, such as a south facing position.
Eventual Height: 10m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 9m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Hardy
Survives unprotected in an average winter. May need protection in extreme long frosts.
Habit: Evergreen
Always in leaf throughout the year. It won't lose all its leaves at any one time.

Expert Tip

This plant does not transplant well, so make sure to select the planting position with care, choosing a spot where the delightful reddish bark can be admired.

Simultaneous Fruits and Flowers

The fruits of the Strawberry Tree takes almost a year to ripen, so in autumn as new flowers begin to bloom, the fruit from the previous year ripen to strawberry red. This creates an unusual situation where the plant has both attractive flowers and ripe fruit at the same time.

The flowers of this tree are also incredibly valuable, providing a brilliant food source for bumblebees, which love the large quantities of nectar in the flowers.

Because of these fruits and flowers, Arbutus has a full four season interest, making it perfect either as a specimen plant or an always interesting hedging plant.

Care & Size Guidance

So long as it isn’t transplanted, Arbutus adrachne is relatively easy to care for, especially when placed in a sheltered, sunny spot.

Avoid pruning in fall as you would remove the namesake berries that decorate the tree throughout winter.

The soil in our small garden is terrible, very dry and heavy however this tree has thrived and gives us beautiful green leaves all year round, lovely bright orange strawberries near the end of the year and beautiful white flowers too.

Ham Resident

The soil in our small garden is terrible, very dry and heavy however this tree has thrived and gives us beautiful green leaves all year round, lovely bright orange strawberries near the end of the year and beautiful white flowers too.

1 customer review for Arbutus andrachne

Excellent Service, my plants arrived very quickly and well packaged. My Arbutus is a quality plant and a good size at a reasonable price. It’s just what I having been looking for and would definitely recommend . I’m sure it will make a stunning tree with all year round interest.

Justine P (verified owner)