Arbutus unedo ‘Compacta’

Scientific name: Arbutus unedo ‘Compacta’


Common names: “Dwarf strawberry tree”

Plant Type: Evergreen shrub, can be trained into a small tree


Zone: 7-9

Light: Full sun – light open shade

Exposure: Sheltered, handles seaside conditions

Soil: Moderately fertile – less

Moisture: Any well drained


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Plant Size: H 6′ W 5-6′

Leaf and Stem shape: Glossy broad leathery leaves 

Flower: Small, bell-shaped creamy-white or pink flowers, and red, strawberry-like fruits in autumn

Pruning: Cut out DDD’s, will return from a very hard pruning

Maintenance: Low, don’t dig around them, deep taproots don’t tolerate transplanting, water and fertilize for lustrous foliage and when establishing

Landscape use: Coastal cottage, containers, Mediterranean climate plants,

Propagate: By cuttings

Pests & Disease: Can get arbutus leaf spot

*Deer resistant in some places

Comments: Edible berries, take a full year to mature, new flowers bloom at the same time as last years fruit has ripened, attracts bees and pollinators

Cultivars: ~AGM winner: A. u. ‘Atlantic’

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