Strawberry Tree | Drought Tolerant Trees

The Strawberry Tree (Arbutus unedo) has a spreading canopy that produces dense shade which makes it ideal as a small patio tree, shade tree, or screen hedge.
It is most often seen and used as a rounded evergreen shrub or small tree that can reach 8 to 15 feet in height with an equal canopy. It’s dark, reddish/brown trunk and lush, dark green leaves make it a beautiful addition to just about any landscape. Strawberry Trees grow at a slow to medium pace and do well in either full sun or partial shade.

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Water Needs

Moist to dry soil


Full sun to full shade


20-35 feet

Canopy Width

20-35 feet

Growth Rate

12-24 inches per season


Fall or Winter
Showy, white


Fall or Winter
Medium, prolific, orange or red berry

Pest & Disease

Resistant to Oak Root Fungus; susceptible to Scales and Thrip, Anthracnose, Phytophthora, Root Rot and Rust

Fire Resistance


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To learn more about creating a water wise landscape, check out our complete list of the best drought tolerant and drought resistant trees for North County San Diego. You can also contact our Certified Arborist to ask a question!

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