Arbutus (Strawberry Tree) Shrubs

Arbutus Unedo Compacta is better known by many as the Strawberry Tree. Named after the bright strawberry red fruits that develop their colour from orange and yellow shades at first, coloured red by Autumn at the same time as the next crop of attractive pink tinged white flowers appear.

Established Arbutus shrubs display colourful shaggy orange-brown bark and have glossy deep green evergreen foliage making an effective backdrop for the colourful fruits, they make excellent shrubs for borders and do well by the sea. This is the compact variety of Strawberry Tree growing to 2.5 metres wide and tall, it is a bushy shrub suited to gardens of all sizes that can also be grown as a hedge. (using 2-3 plants per metre, trim in Spring)

Arbutus (strawberry Tree) Unedo Compacta Potted Shrubs 12/20in 30/50cm

  • in 2 litre pots

  • Minimum order quantity: 1

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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.

Delivery leadtimes update- March/April 2024

We are working at maximum capacity to fulfil all orders as quickly as possible but owing to unprecedented demand some orders will take longer:

– Orders containing only bare root plants – delivery is currently within 5-7 days

– All other orders – delivery is currently within 2-3 weeks

Delivery is free for most orders above our free delivery thresholds, these are displayed above our prices in the product listings and summarized below. If you don’t need that many plants it’s not a problem, you can choose to pay our delivery charge and only order what you need.

Delivery is convenient – no signature is required so you don’t need to wait in, we will leave your parcel in the safe place that you nominate.

Delivery is fast – because we pick orders daily from our own growing beds your plants only travel the small hop to our packing shed before being sent to you, they are usually delivered within 3-7 days.

Delivery is reliable
– we have been selling and delivering Hedging Plants to our customers nationwide since 1992. We have a lot of experience in packing them safely and only use tried and tested delivery partners.

Smaller Plants (Parcel Delivery)

LocationOrder ValuePrice
UK Mainland excluding HighlandsUp to £90£15.00
UK Mainland excluding HighlandsOver £90Free
Scottish Highlands and Isle of WightAll orders£24.00

Heavy Plants (Pallet Delivery)

LocationOrder ValuePrice
UK Mainland excluding HighlandsUp to £420£72.00
UK Mainland excluding HighlandsOver £420Free
Scottish Highlands and Isle of WightAll orders£72.00

Tall Plants 2.5m+ (Specialist Delivery)

LocationOrder ValuePrice
UK Mainland excluding HighlandsUnder £1800Please call us
UK Mainland excluding HighlandsOver £1800Free
Scottish Highlands and Isle of WightAll ordersNot available

Exceptions to our delivery charges are Scottish Highland and Isle of Wight delivery areas where we need to charge a little extra to cover the cost of deliveries to these outlying areas. We don’t currently delivery to other offshore addresses including Northern Ireland and Southern Ireland.

Tall plants over 2.5 metres have to be delivered by our own specialised transport, our delivery area is limited to mainland England and Wales only.

Please note there is a minimum order value of £50 for orders containing smaller plants and £250 for orders containing heavier plants

Complete delivery information can be viewed on our Delivery Information page

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