Strawberry Tree

Arbutus 'Marina'

Arbutus 'Marina' (Strawberry Tree) - full view

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Arbutus 'Marina' (Strawberry Tree) - leaves & flower

Foliage detail

Arbutus 'Marina' (Strawberry Tree) - bark

Bark detail

  • Size:

    Height: 25-40'; Spread: 25-40'

  • Growth:

    Slow to moderate

  • Character:

    Evergreen; spreading form; dense canopy. 

  • Foliage:

    Dark green, glossy, oval leaves, 2-3" long.

  • Flower:

    Attractive white or pink-tinged flowers hang in 5" clusters, blooming October-January. Striking yellow to orange-red, strawberry-like berries, form in early summer and again in early winter. 

  • Fruit:

    Striking yellow to orange-red, strawberry-like edible berries form in early summer and again in early winter.

  • Bark:

    Interesting, red-brown, smooth and peeling bark. 

  • Watering:

    In general, 15-20 gallons per week for the first 2 years; 15-20 gallons twice a month for the 3rd year; as needed after 3 years (varies by soil, sun, and wind conditions).

  • Tree Care:

    Low. Requires light annual pruning to train a central leader and good shape; regular pruning needed less frequently with age. Some sidewalk clean-up during fruit drop.

  • Tolerance:

    Drought (once established), any soil, smog. Sun or shade. 

  • Special Considerations:

    Does not tolerate strong winds. Develops thrips, prone to aphids, sticky honeydew, sooty mold and powdery mildew (usually an aesthetic nuisance vs. health issue). Normal for some older leaves to yellow and drop. Fruit can be messy.

  • Notable Traits:

    Does not tolerate strong winds. Develops thrips, prone to aphids, sticky honeydew, sooty mold and powdery mildew (usually an aesthetic nuisance vs. health issue). Normal for some older leaves to yellow and drop. Fruit can be messy.