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Published: Thursday, February 2, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

Plant Pick: Compact strawberry tree

  • Compact strawberry tree

    Richie Steffen/Great Plant Picks

    Compact strawberry tree

WHAT: A compact strawberry tree is a four-season evergreen shrub with outstanding flowers, fruit, leaves and bark.
The branching is denser and the growth rate is slower than the typical form.
Small, urn-shaped, whitish-pink flowers are produced from October to December.
WHY PLANT IT: Round ¾-inch knobby fruits gradually ripen to orange-red. The dark green glossy foliage is beautiful, as is the attractive, cinnamon-colored bark.
WHERE: Choose a protected site to ensure fruit every year. Plan in full sun or light or open shade.
HOW: Prune shrubs to accentuate the sculptural qualities of the branching and bark. The upright strawberry shrub, or Arbutus unedo compacta, is drought tolerant when established.
ACTUAL SIZE: The compact shrub will grow to 6 feet high by 6 feet wide in 10 years for the woody plant, or in five years if a perennial or bulb.
LEARN MORE: See www.greatplantpicks.org.
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