The Marina strawberry tree easily grows into a handsome evergreen tree, capable of reaching 24-40 ft. tall and 20-25 ft. wide. It has rich dark green 3-4 in. long leaves, with lightly toothed margins. Pendulous clusters of attractive pink to rose colored flowers occur in spring and summer; showy reddish orange strawberry-like fruit mature in fall.
This tree is of unknown parentage and was discovered in San Francisco in 1984. It’s combination of foliage, flower, bark and fruit character became quickly recognized and appreciated. In a very few years it has become one of the most popular choices for landscape and garden uses throughout California’s coastal, inland and valley communities, including the Inland Empire. It grows best in our drier and warmer conditions of southern California in well-drained soils with regular moisture throughout the year. It is grown in nurseries with a single trunk or with a low branching habit to make it well suited for yards, patios and in raised planters.