Dwarf strawberry tree

Arbutus unedo ‘Compacta’


The Dwarf strawberry tree grows into a large shrub, slowly reaching 8-12 ft. tall and as wide. It has dense, evergreen foliage comprised of leathery dark green leaves with toothed margins, 2-3 in. long. Clusters of white to pink urn-shaped flowers are attractive in late fall and early winter.

This dwarf cultivar of the Mediterranean strawberry tree is perhaps one of the best large evergreen shrubs for Inland Empire gardens. It grows slowly, but provides lush foliage value for many years, and with age, can be pruned to reveal interesting form, trunk and bark characteristics. It is commonly used as a specimen plant in raised planters, background screens and as a foundation plant. It grows best on well-drained soil and with low amounts of summer water.

Plant Type: Shrub
Foliage Character: Evergreen
Habit: Upright, Low-branching, Dense
Growth Rate: Slow
Foliage Color: Dark green
Flower Color: Pink, White
Flower Season: Winter, Fall
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil, Clay, Alkaline soil, Acidic soil
Exposure Adaptations: All day sun
Function: Screening, Hummingbird plant, Foundations, Espalier, Container plant, Hedge
Height: 8 ft. – 12 ft.
Width: 8 ft. – 12 ft.