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Strawberry Tree Arbutus unedo 200 Seeds USA Company

Strawberry Tree Arbutus unedo 200 Seeds USA Company

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Arbutus unedo, commonly known as the Strawberry tree, is an evergreen shrub or small tree native to the Mediterranean region, including parts of Europe, North Africa, and western Asia. Here are the key characteristics and features of Arbutus unedo:

Size and Growth: Arbutus unedo typically grows as a shrub or small tree, reaching heights of up to 5-10 meters (16-33 feet) tall, although it can occasionally grow taller under optimal conditions. It has a rounded or spreading growth habit.

Leaves: The leaves of Arbutus unedo are evergreen, alternate, and leathery in texture. They are dark green on the upper surface and paler green on the underside. The leaves are elliptical to lanceolate in shape, with finely toothed margins.

Flowers: The flowers of Arbutus unedo are small, bell-shaped, and creamy-white in color. They appear in clusters (racemes) in the fall season, typically from September to November, depending on the region. The flowers are pollinated by insects.

Fruit: One of the most distinctive features of Arbutus unedo is its fruit, which resembles a small strawberry or lychee. The fruit is round and about 1-2 centimeters (0.4-0.8 inches) in diameter, initially green, and turning yellow to orange-red when ripe. It has a rough, bumpy surface and contains numerous small seeds. The fruit is edible but often mealy and bland in taste, hence the species epithet "unedo," which means "I only eat one" in Latin, suggesting that one might find the fruit unappetizing after tasting it.

Habitat: Arbutus unedo typically grows in diverse habitats, including coastal areas, rocky hillsides, scrublands, and open woodlands. It thrives in well-drained soils and is tolerant of drought once established.

Cultural Significance: The Strawberry tree has cultural significance in various regions where it is native. It has been cultivated for ornamental purposes in gardens and landscapes, appreciated for its attractive foliage, showy flowers, and unusual fruit. Additionally, the fruit of Arbutus unedo is sometimes used in traditional medicine and culinary applications, although it is not widely consumed due to its somewhat bland taste.

Ecological Importance: Arbutus unedo provides habitat and food for various wildlife species, including birds, mammals, and insects. Its nectar-rich flowers attract pollinators, while its fruit serves as a food source for birds and small mammals. Hardy in zones 7-10.

Growing Instructions for the Strawberry Tree

The seeds have a period of dormancy. They can be planted outdoors in the fall or winter for spring germination or they can be cold stratified to simulate winter conditions and to break their dormancy at any time of the year. 1. Soak the seeds in water for 24 hours. 2. Put the seeds in a ziplock bag. 3. Put the bag in the refrigerator and leave it there for 60 days. 4. The seeds like moist, well-drained soil. Put a sterile seed starter mix in a pot. 5. Sow the seeds on the soil. 6. Cover the seeds with a layer of layer of that is 1/16 of an inch thick. 7. Water the soil so that it is moist but not wet. 8. When the seedlings are a few inches tall, they can be transplanted.


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