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Identify this tree please?


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?


  • madpenguinmadpenguin Posts: 2,523

    It is an Arbutus (not sure which variety).Commonly called the Strawberry tree.image

    “Every day is ordinary, until it isn't.” - Bernard Cornwell-Death of Kings
  • 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.

    Last edited: 04 November 2016 21:10:03

  • mushermusher Posts: 389

    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.

  • mushermusher Posts: 389

    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?

  • Jade3Jade3 Posts: 50

    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.

    Last edited: 05 November 2016 21:08:40

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