Arbutus unedo 'Compacta'
Common Name: Strawberry Tree
Arbutus unedo, otherwise known as the strawberry tree, was first described by Linnaeus. It is considered a shrub or a small tree. There is a lovely specimen of A. unedo 'Compacta' in the Mediterranean Garden, and it was featured as a Tree of the Month in 2016.
The berries are edible, and some people make jam out of them. They are said to taste like a combination of apple and pineapple.
For information about this plant and witchcraft, check out the Oct. 30, 2020 Garden Story.
Photo by BC
Shrub photo: KENPEI / CC BY-SA (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)