(Arbutus x andrachnoides)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Arbutus x andrachnoides
Ericaceae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    Fruit – raw[K]. A pleasant texture with a sweet but delicate flavour, the fruit is considered to be insipid by many people[K]. Very similar in size and taste to the strawberry tree, A. unedo[K], though it is not usually borne very freely[200].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – best surface sown in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe. Stored seed should be soaked for 5 – 6 days in warm water and then surface sown in a shady position in a greenhouse[78]. Do not allow the compost to become dry. 6 weeks cold stratification helps[134]. The seed usually germinates well in 2 – 3 months at 20¡c[134]. Seedlings are prone to damp off[184], they are best transplanted to individual pots as soon as they are large enough to handle and should be kept well ventilated. Grow them on in a greenhouse for their first winter and then plant out in late spring after the last expected frosts[K]. This species is a hybrid and is unlikely to breed true from seed. Basal cuttings in late winter[200]. Cuttings of mature wood of the current season’s growth, November/December in a frame. Poor percentage[78]. Layering of young wood – can take 2 years[1, 200].
Prefers a lime-free nutrient-rich well-drained moisture-retentive soil in a sunny position with shelter from cold drying winds, especially when young[200]. Unlike most members of this genus, this species thrives on a limy soil[184, 200]. Plants are hardy to about -15¡c[184]. A naturally occurring hybrid between A. unedo and A. andrachne[200]. There are some named forms, selected for their ornamental value[200]. Trees rarely produce fruit in Britain[200]. Plants resent root disturbance and are best placed in their final positions whilst young[11, 134]. Give them some protection in their first winter. Plants sometimes flower in the spring, but more usually in the late autumn and early winter.
S.E. Europe to W. Asia.

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