Arbutus x andrachnoides Cyprus strawberry tree, Hybrid strawberry tree
Plant Names... Botanical name: Arbutus x andrachnoides Common name: Cyprus strawberry tree, Hybrid strawberry tree Also known as:
Plant Type... Plant botanical type: Shrub, Tree
Use For... Architectural, Rabbit resistant, Bee attraction
Description... This handsome tree has cinnamon red bark which peels to show lemon coloured patches. The trunk is rather sinuous in effect and writhes, almost serpent like, on ancient specimens. There are shiny oval green leaves. The flowers which form pendulous clusters of little white bells sometimes come in spring and sometimes in autumn or winter, though fruit rarely develops. The plant arose by natural hybridisation in the wild. But it is rather variable, so you should choose a specimen for your garden with care. The tree is moderately hardy: it grows in the open at Kew and it can even be found growing in the north of Scotland in less frost-prone areas.
Awards Royal Horicultural Society's Award of Garden Merit
Typically available as
Arbutus x andrachnoides
Planting your new plant
Water the plant thoroughly when you get it home, and plant out as soon as possible. Make the hole for the plant larger that the pot it is in and the same depth. When removing the plant from the pot, squeeze the sides of the pot to loosen it. Loosen the roots of the plant, put the plant in the hole spreading the roots to encourage them to grow outwards. Fill round the edges of the rootball with soil to the same level as the surrounding soil.
Care for your plant
Plants in containers need plant food to thrive when in growth. Seek advice from your retailer regarding best product(s). Follow the packet instructions when applying plant food. Remove fading flowers to encourage fresh ones.
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