i pass this tree every day, it's beautiful, the fruits start as white flowers, then form large berries ranging from green to deep red
I also would like to know if I can grow from the seed if it will come true?
It is an Arbutus (not sure which variety).Commonly called the Strawberry tree.
The fruit are edible and taste like strawberries, although they are a little gritty. However, you need to wait until December for them to ripen - they may look ripe already but you will probably find that they do not taste good yet.
As you can see, it is also in flower - the fruits are produced a year after flowering.
It should be possible to grow it from seed, and it would come true.
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Sorry Alan, I'd have to disaagree. Yes it is a Strawberry tree. But the fruit is distasteful. I think the Latin translation means in editable. I think its in Portugal, they pick them to make a liquor. If its the one that I'm thinking about it will blow your socks off.
Musher, the Latin name is Arbutus unedo, meaning eaten once. I have one in my garden and I have eaten the fruit, so I know what they taste like - wait a few more weeks then try it yourself! You may be surprised.
I wonder why there only eaten once
Not my first choice for a Saturday morning breakfast,I'd have to say and I've found them to vary year on year. At best less than worth picking. I prefer the summer fruiting berries! However, if pushed and you're starving . . . . My favourite tree fruits would have to be medlars, which DO look unappetising but taste fantastic.
Thanks everyone, we did try the fruits, they are very nice! We wondered why the ground is littered with many red fruits and no animals had cleared them up?
oh yummy that looks like lychee fruits to me is the fruit white on the inside with a large brown pip / seed? If so a lychee tree.
You must be living in a hot climate.
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