Book of Mediterranean Trees, Shrubs and Climbers


Arbutus unedo  Strawberry Tree
Family Ericaceae
Genus Arbutus  [AR-but-us]  L. name, for A.unedo, perhaps derived from Celtic arboise, rough-fruited
Species unedo  [u-NED-o or u-NE-do]  Pliny derives name from unus, one and edo to eat i.e. to eat only one since taste is exceedingly bland
Properties tree
Arbutus unedo (strawberry tree) is an evergreen shrub or small tree in the family Ericaceae, native to the Mediterranean region and western Europe north to western France and Ireland. Due to its presence in southwest and northwest Ireland, it is known as either "Irish strawberry tree", or cain or cane apple (from the Gaelic name for the tree, caithne), or sometimes "Killarney strawberry tree".
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