Canary Strawberry Tree | Canary Madrona – Arbutus canariensis
Canary Strawberry Tree, Arbutus canariensis is a small, up to 10 meters tall, evergreen, fruit bearing tree, native to warm mild regions of the Mediterranean, Western Europe, and North America. The plant is a member of the Ericaceae family, genus Arbutus, with a red flaking bark and of the most ornamental small trees available.
Canary Strawberry Tree Fruit
Leaves are large, laurel like, greenish, glossy, leathery foliage and hundreds of little, aromatic, white with a rose shade, and bell formed flowers. The fruit It is fine-looking, bright orange-red that develop in late summertime to winter and are edible made into a sweetmeat. In Portugal the fruit is sometimes distilled into a potent brandy known as medronho and in Spain into a sweet, fruity liqueur called Madroño.
Not dependably winter hardy; consequently it is best raised in a sunny spot, frost-free, sheltered from cold drying winds, most significantly when young. The plant favors a lime-free nutrient-rich well-drained moisture-retentive soil (acid or neutral). It can grow in semi-shade such as in light timber areas and it is high wind tolerant.
Canary Strawberry Tree Propagation Methods
Plnt propagation is by seed. Seeds generally germinate well in 2-3 months at 20°C. Seedlings are prone to damp off. So they are best transferred to separate pots as soon as they are large enough to manage and should be kept well aerated. Grow them in a glasshouse for their first wintertime and then plant out in late springtime after the last anticipated frosts.
Arbatus x androsterilis is a new crossbreed between arbutus canariensis and Arbatus unedo from the Canary Islets.
Arbutus canariensis, Canary Strawberry Tree
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