• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Arbutus × reyorum 'Marina'

hybrid strawberry tree 'Marina'

  • Other common names hybrid strawberry tree 'Marina'

  • Synonyms Arbutus unedo 'Marina'
    Arbutus 'Marina'

  • Family Ericaceae

  • Genus Arbutus are evergreen trees and shrubs with small, bell-shaped creamy-white or pink flowers, and red, strawberry-like fruits in autumn

  • Details 'Marina' will ultimately make a small, upright tree, but is slow-growing and can remain shrub-like for many years. The evergreen leaves are dark and glossy, bronzed when young, and up to 12cm long. Young shoots have red stems and older bark is mahogany, peeling to cinnamon. Small, white, urn-shaped flowers flushed with deep pink appear in large, hanging clusters in late summer and autumn, followed by yellow then red fruit

Characteristics

  • Foliage Evergreen

  • Habit Bushy

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)

    H4

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Aspect South-facing or West-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered

Soil

  • Sand

    Sand

  • Loam

    Loam

  • MoistureWell-drained

  • SoilSand, Loam

  • pHAcid, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height 4-8 metres

  • Ultimate spread 4-8 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 20-50 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in well-drained soil in a sunny, sheltered position. Young plants are more frost-tender than mature plants

Propagation Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types Low Maintenance Flower borders and beds Wall-side Borders Drought Resistant Architectural Mediterranean Climate Plants Patio & Container Plants

How to care

Pruning Pruning group 1

Pests Can get aphids

Diseases Arbutus leaf spot may be a problem

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