Arbutus x reyorum

Arbutus x reyorum

A hybrid form of Arbutus, not for colder, inland areas, Arbutus x reyorum is an evergreen shrub or small tree with an open habit and reddish-brown bark that peels in flakes, not strips, revealing creamy-white or greenish underbark. In the south of France it can attain a height of 12m (40’) but this is unlikely in Ireland. The stem tips are velvety and sticky. The long, shiny leaves are deep green. The quite large flowers are bell-shaped and white, flushing deep pink in late summer to autumn, and appear from February to May, saving harsh frosts. These are followed by smooth, red, strawberry-like edible fruits, which ripen the following year. It can also be grown as a hedge in coastal areas.

Site: Sheltered and warm, including sheltered coastal
Soil: Any light, poor, very well-drained soil
Position: Full sun
Season of interest: All year, spring in particular
Hardiness: Hardy to -15 ºC
Height:  40’ (12m) Spread: 10-16’ (3-5m) in years

Size: Pot | 9cm
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