• 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 menziesii

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madronamadroñomadroneMenzies' strawberry treetall strawberry tree

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  • Other common names madronamadroñomadroneMenzies' strawberry treetall strawberry tree

  • Synonyms Arbutus procera Douglas non Sol.

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

  • Family Ericaceae / Ericaceae

  • Details A. menziesii is a medium-sized evergreen tree with smooth cinnamon-brown bark and glossy dark green leaves, whitish beneath. Terminal panicles of white, urn-shaped flowers are followed by small orange fruits

  • Plant range NW United States


  • Foliage Evergreen

  • Habit Columnar/Upright



  • Full Sun

  • Aspect North-facing or East-facing or South-facing or West-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained

  • SoilLoam, Clay, Sand

  • pHAcid, Neutral


  • Ultimate height

    Higher than 12 metres

  • Ultimate spread

    wider than 8 metres

  • Time to ultimate height

    20-50 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in well-drained soil

Propagation Propagate by seed and semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types Wall-side Borders 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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