Unique, Water-wise, Hardy Evergreen
Unless you live on the West Coast you’ve probably never even heard of the Strawberry Tree, and if you do live on the West Coast and you haven’t heard of it, then you need to stop reading and call us right now and order one of these for your garden!
This water-wise tree is really a gracefully branched shrub with glossy evergreen leaves. It is covered in masses of snow-white flowers that give way to bright red strawberry-like fruit. Often the fruits and flower are on the tree at the same time, giving a striking effect.
Yes, the fruit of the Dwarf Strawberry tree is edible. They look like round strawberries, but taste more woodsy – kind of like a guava/apricot mix. They are high in vitamin C and people use them for fresh eating, jams, pie-filling or wine. A word of caution, though – if eaten under-ripe they can cause nausea and if too overripe they can have a mild intoxicating effect. Consume carefully!
Strawberry Trees (Arbutus unido ‘Compacta’) are handsome in the landscape. As they age their cinnamon colored bark becomes peeling and shaggy and is unmistakably beautiful. Plant them about 5 feet from a walk or patio to allow the artfully curved and twisted branches to mature naturally without being pruned. Water them enough just to establish, then grow them dry and well drained.
Use a pair to flank an entryway. Plant several along a property line. Use in a big border or bed as a fantastic specimen plant. Leave it unpruned for an ornmental privacy tree. These hardy evergreens are unique and wonderful and should be staples in every West Coast garden. Order yours today!
- Hardy Evergreen
- Wildlife Love It
Buying Options for Plants
Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.
Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!
Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.
- Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
- Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.
Nature Hills Container Size by Volume
|Young Plants to 18 Months|
|2"x2"x3"||Ranges from||.18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume|
|4.5" Container||Equal to||.655 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume|
|3.5" Container||Equal to||.67 dry quart / .74 dry liter in volume|
|4" Container||Equal to||.87 dry quart / .96 dry liter in volume|
|1 Quart||Equal to||1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume|
|5.5" Container||Equal to||1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x5"||Ranges from||.8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x6"||Ranges from||1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x9"||Ranges from||1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x10"||Ranges from||1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old|
|2 Quart||Equal to||2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume|
|#1 Container||Ranges from||2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume|
|5"x5"x12"||Equal to||3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 2 - 4 Years Old|
|#2 Container||Ranges from||1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume|
|#3 Container||Ranges from||2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 3 - 5 Years Old|
|#5 Container||Ranges from||2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume|
|#7 Container||Ranges from||5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume|
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Plant Sentry is designed to protect both consumers and the nursery trade from invasive plant pests and diseases. Sites that display the Plant Sentry protection badge are protected from consumers buying and nurseries shipping material carrying invasive pests and diseases.
This proprietary eCommerce software prevents the shipment of a restricted plant to each state. The Plant Sentry system includes a shipment certification program. The Plant Sentry Compliance Officer works closely with NatureHills.com and each nursery or fulfillment center to ensure only compliant plants are sold to customers.
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At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.
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|Botanical Name||Arbutus unedo 'Compacta'|
|Mature Height||6 - 8 feet|
|Mature Spread||5 - 6 feet|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun, Partial Sun|