A Technical Report from The Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories

Strawberry trees, or ornamental varieties in the genus Arbutus (A. unedo and Arbutus x ‘Marina’), are increasingly common in planted landscapes throughout western North America. Landscapers and designers value these shrubs or small to medium trees for their prolific flowering, interesting and colorful fruit, evergreen foliage, attractive red bark, and tolerance of urban conditions. Unfortunately, these desirable characteristics have led to widespread planting (or overplanting) of Arbutus species, and two newly recognized problems are negatively impacting health and appearance of these trees throughout the western United States.




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