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Arbutus unedo 'Compacta'
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strawberry tree 'Compacta'

'Compacta' is a small, dense evergreen shrub with red-brown bark and mid-green leathery leaves. Sprays of pink-tinged, white, urn-shaped flowers appear in autumn, together with the previous year's rough-skinned, red fruit, but it is often shy to flower and fruit

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Size
Ultimate height
1.5–2.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
1.5–2.5 metres
Growing conditions
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Green
Autumn White Pink Green Red
Winter Green
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

West–facing or South–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Ericaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Bushy
Genus

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

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in humus-rich, well-drained soil in a sunny, sheltered position, young plants may need frost protection

Propagation

Propagate by semi-ripe cuttings in late summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Patio and container plants
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Coastal
  • Low Maintenance
Pruning

Pruning group 1 but keep pruning to a minimum

Pests

May be susceptible to aphids

Diseases

Arbutus leaf spot may be a problem

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