Arbutus unedo ‘Compacta’
compact strawberry tree
Compact strawberry tree is a four-season evergreen shrub with outstanding flowers, fruit, leaves, and bark. The branching is denser and the growth rate is slower than the typical form. Small, urn-shaped, whitish-pink flowers are produced from October to December. Round, ¾-inch, knobby fruits gradually ripen to orange-red and are often in color when the shrub is in full flower. Choose a protected site to ensure fruit every year. The dark green glossy foliage is beautiful, as is the attractive, cinnamon-colored bark. Prune shrubs to accentuate the sculptural qualities of the branching and bark.
Colors & Combos
Great Color Contrasts: white, red, burgundy
Great Color Partners: Green, Bronze
Culture NotesThis versatile shrub tolerates a wide variety of soil conditions including sand and clay, but it must have a well-drained location. The growth is best in full sun to open shade and is drought tolerant once established. Foliage and flowers may be damaged in unusually cold winters, but it will recover in the spring. Plants in protected locations are more reliable fruit producers.
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Plant Type: upright shrub
Foliage Type: evergreen
Plant Height: 6 ft. 0 in. (1.83 m.)
Plant Width/Spread: 6 ft. 0 in. (1.83 m.)
Hardiness: USDA Zones 7 to 9
Flower Color: white
Sun/Light Exposure: full sun or light or open shade
Water Requirements: drought tolerant when established