Arbutus will grow in most situations although the most exposed and harsh planting sites are better avoided or at least the young shrubs should be protected, they are perfectly hardy once well settled. They prefer good drainage (these shrubs are drought tolerant once well established) and any fertile soil in full sun or a touch of shade.

Pruning is not normally necessary, best undertaken in late Spring before growth starts.

While the bumpy red fruits do not look like Strawberries, they are in fact edible – high in antioxidants and vitamin C they are quite sweet and can be eaten raw but…..they have a pretty sharp aftertaste! Not seen in shops and supermarkets because they don’t travel well, they are useful for jams, preserves and would make an unusual flavour for steeping in spirits such as Vodka or Gin.