Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Sweet Strawberry Tree

A couple years ago I was on a walk in the neighborhood when I saw one of the most charming little trees. It had lovely berries and beautiful peeling bark. I had to have one and after some research found it to be an arbutus or commonly called a strawberry tree and I planted one.

It was quite small when I planted it and now that it is growing I am worried about its placement. Although the experts say they can get to be up to 30 feet tall, they are mostly 10 to 15 feet in height around here. They seem to thrive on neglect, are drought tolerant and look at those charming little flowers! Mine isn't large enough to show the peeling bark, but I am looking forward to that day. I need to make a decision about moving it soon, but I am just enjoying it where it is for now.


ferne said...

I love them and can't decide if I like the flowers or the berries the most. Did you know that they are related to manzanita? I just learned this a while ago when I noticed the flowers are very similar only a little know fact.

Nana said...

I have a picture of this type of trees taken at the SJC Mission by the big fountain...they were pretty good size (over 20 feet) about five years ago....but, beautiful. Might want to consider moving it soon!