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Growing wild only in southern Ireland with in the British Isles.

A small evergreen tree of spreading dense habit.

Bark is reddish tan colour which peels away in strips that darkens in colour.

Leaves are alternate elliptical to ovate with finely toothed margins on average 10cm long.

White bell shaped flowers appear in autumn, being pollenated by bees, in clusters, at the same time  as the previous season fruits are maturing.

One of the only trees to flower and fruit at the same time.

Fruits are round berries ripening from yellow to orange through to deep red, which are eaten by birds.

January Tree of the Month - STRAWBERRY TREE Arbutus unedo (Ericaceae)

STRAWBERRY TREE Arbutus unedo (Ericaceae)