Sunday, June 20, 2010

strawberry tree ~ 06/20/10 ~ Rec Trail



strawberry tree
Arbutus unedo
Ericaceae

Well, color my bark red, this is a different species than our native madrones (A. menziesii) that I've seen at Los Padres Dam and Mt. Madonna County Park. This strawberry tree is very popular here in Monterey and can be found in many city-maintained areas. The fruits, which are so bright they appear to be fake, stain the sidewalks when they drop. I'm interested in how the pink flowers and orange and red fruits can all be on the same tree at the same time. It's native to Europe.

ps 12/07/11 - To see these trees in their native habitat, check out Cittaslow Botanik Park in Turkey. There they call it

3 comments:

Erica Lea said...

Hey, I'm tree-tall, have red hair, and my name's Erica - I finally found some family!!! ;-) Many years ago, I worked at a wholesale tree nursery, and I remember that this was ordered a lot. Funny, given the staining fruits, but it's pretty.

Nature ID said...

Thanks for the laugh!

John W. Wall said...

There are quite a few in my neighborhood in San Francisco. I always enjoy seeing them because they remind me of "real" madrones.