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Arbutus unedo - Strawberry Tree Fruit


Arbutus unedo - Strawberry Tree Fruit (Arbutus unedo - Strawberry Tree)

This tree has some fruit, but it was loaded with flower buds. Photo taken Dec 1, 2010 in Balboa Park, San Diego, CA.



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Its lovely Andy.......Cant wait till I get them on mine........

2 Dec, 2010

 

Milky:

Before you know it...there will be lots of fruit on your little trees. :>)

2 Dec, 2010

 

I've never eaten the fruit myself, but I understand that it's not very tasty--one reason the botanist that named it called the species name "unedo". In latin that means "I eat one". The "only" is implied! : )

6 Dec, 2010

 

Tugbrethil:

Yes, it's very bland and mealy! Not my kind of fruit. lol

6 Dec, 2010

 

Apparently you can use the fruit to make a decent liqueur....

12 Nov, 2015

 

Yes, I've read that. It's definitely a fruit you don't want to eat. It's too mealy

15 Nov, 2015

 

I know I tried it.....revolting!!

15 Nov, 2015

 

Here it can be sweet; however, mealy. YUCK!!!

There's some grafted varieties here that have better-tasting fruit; however, I haven't tried those. I have no interest in trying them either. LOL!

We have too many beautiful, very yummy tropical fruits that grow here. I don't want to waste my time on this fruit. Lol! I prefer a nice home-grown, mango, papaya, passion fruit, blood orange, sapote, avocado, star fruit, jaboticaba, rose apple, water apple, star apple, dragon fruit, banana, soursop, custard apple, lychee, longan (this fruit I can eat 1 lb at one sitting) and pineapple. There's still so many more tropical fruits that grow here.

16 Nov, 2015

 

OMG!! no need for you to worry about getting your 5 a day!! I would be in my element..

16 Nov, 2015

 

Feeling somewhat envious, myself, Dotty! Relatives "back east" envy me for our "tropical climate", but we are really caught betwixt and between: too warm in winter for many of the stone fruits and pomes, but still too cold for the true tropicals.
Delonix, have you grown jaboticaba, yourself? We are having trouble with one at work, and a better understanding of the tree's wants and foibles might help.

17 Nov, 2015

 

Dottydaisy2:

Yes, we're so lucky all citrus grows here, also.

17 Nov, 2015

 

Tugbrethil:

I've never grown jaboticaba. I know several people who have though. It's very slow-growing and can produce fruit 2 or 3 times throughout the year.

I know jaboticaba grows very well in the San Francisco Bay Area in their clay soil. I think it likes heavier soil. Maybe in Phoenix the soil is too sandy?

17 Nov, 2015

 

It's in a heavy potting soil in a container. The water guy claims that it is suffering from overwatering, but he says that of Umbrella Grass (Cyperus alternifolius), too. :)

18 Nov, 2015

 

Never heard of this one....although I know the Cyperus well!

18 Nov, 2015

 

Tugbrethil:

It's most likely getting way too much water. I think jaboticaba is pretty drought tolerant.

18 Nov, 2015

 

Cyperus alternifolius grows wild in California. It even grow in really dry areas. I've seen growing along the freeway in very dry areas. I always think of Cyperus as wanting very wet conditions. I guess this is the species which is the exception.

18 Nov, 2015

 

Once established, Umbrella Grass can survive considerable drought, even here in the desert. The key word is "survive"--one under drought conditions isn't anyone's idea of an attractive landscape plant.
Thank you for the info on jaboticaba, Delonix! It may be too late for much visible recovery at this time, but I can try to get it healthier for spring!

21 Nov, 2015

 

You're welcome for the information. :>)

I hope it recovers well in spring.

24 Nov, 2015



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