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Arbutus unedo - Strawberry Tree

Arbutus unedo (Strawberry Tree) seeds

£1.75

Unusual, evergreen, small tree with masses of dainty Lily of the Valley-like white flowers in autumn-winter, closely followed by attractive strawberry-like, red, edible fruits. Excellent for adding year round interest to the garden and brightening it up in autumn as many other plants start to fade. As an added bonus, this little tree is great for bonsai and attracting butterflies.

Hardy Tree - but protect young trees from strong, cold winds.
Flowers: Autumn - winter
Height: 5m
Position: Sun

Packet of 25 seeds

 


GROWING GUIDE 

Sowing Instructions: Sow at any time of the year.  Sow on the surface of a moist, peat-based seed compost, eg. Levington in pots or trays. Do not cover the seed and do not exclude light which is beneficial to germination. Place in the fridge or other cold place between 2-5C for 6-8 weeks. Then, move to a propagator or seal in a polythene bag and maintain an optimum temperature of 18-20C. Germination can be slow and erratic but should occur after 2-3 months. As the seedlings emerge, gradually increase ventilation by opening the bag or propagator vents.

Growing Instructions: Transplant seedlings when large enough to handle into 7.5cm pots. Grow on in cooler conditions with plenty of light, but shaded from direct sun. In the spring, gradually acclimatise to outdoor conditions and grow on until mature enough to be planted out in the garden. Likes a sunny position in well-drained soil. Protect young plants from strong, cold winds.


Note: This seed may come mixed with quite a lot of chaff – sow the whole lot together.


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