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Strawberry Bush

 

strawberry bush

Strawberry Bush, (Arbutus unedo ‘Compacta’), is a beautifully branched evergreen shrub with dark green glossy leaves. In fall the bush is covered with bell shaped white flowers soon followed by red
 strawberry like fruit.The shrub can reach 6 to 8 feet tall and 5 to 6 feet wide. Strawberry bush can be used in a border , massed as a hedge or grown as a specimen plant with graceful branches and interesting pe
eling bark. At times the shrub can have both flowers and berries together.
 
Plant your strawberry bush in partial shade in a raised area. Give it plenty of water in the first year to establish a strong root system. A good general purpose fertilizer such as Microlife 6-2-4 is recommended for a healthier plant. Once established this shrub is wonderfully drought tolerant. Prune the strawberry bush to the shape you desire in winter after the flowers and berries are done. The plant can be kept to a dwarf size where space is limited. 
 
The Strawberry bush provides year round interest and will attract hummingbirds and other wildlife. It makes a great center piece in a small garden with its multi trunked habit and interesting bark. Because it is not a well known common landscape shrub it adds a unique appearance to your garden and provides a wonderful conversation piece for you and the neighbors.
 

Strawberry bush

 

Shrub – to 8′ tall and 6′ wide
Evergreen
Partial sunZones 7-9
Drought tolerant
White flowers followed by red berries, repeat flowering
Blooms fall to late winter
Moderate growth rate and a round habit.