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ARBUTUS unedo

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Strawberry Tree

Family: Ericaceae

Characteristics: Small tree 5 m spread 2m

Seeds per packets: 20

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An outstanding ornamental tree has an erect stem with reddish bark and a shrubby crown and white pitcher shaped flowers that occur profusely on terminal racemes in autumn.
Flowers are folloowed by rounded red berries.

Alternate, evergreen foliage resembles that of the laurel.

Originates from Ireland

Prefers a light soil in a sunny protected position, it is frost resistant but drought tender.

Although seed can be sown most of the year in Australia seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 18-22°C

Cold stratification is recommended.
Cold treatment may not be critical for germination to occur in colder regions but should give increased germination rates.

This can be replicated by cold stratification in the refrigerator for 6 weeks. Alternatively over wintering in the garden in cold climates will assist germination.

  1. Soak in water overnight.
  2. Sow seed on the surface and cover lightly.
  3. Water with fine mist spray to avoid disturbance of the seed.
  4. Ensure the mix is moist but not water logged.
  5. Place the container in plastic bag.
  6. Place the bagged container in the refrigerator for 6 weeks.
  7. Germination generally occurs in 14-28 days when moved to warmer temperatures after the period of cold treatment.

General note: Seeds of many plants are dormant and require specific conditions or pre-treatment for germination.
Do not be too hasty to discard seed that does not germinate, seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural requirements for germination to occur. Containers put to one side will often surprise long after they were discarded.


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