L., Sp. Pl. 395 (1753).
Synonymy: Not Applicable
Common name: Strawberry tree, arbutus.
Shrubs or small trees 1.5-3 m high or rarely to 10 m in Europe; bark fissured, peeling off in small flakes; leaves elliptic or somewhat broader above or below the middle, usually 40-60 mm long and up to 25 mm broad, subentire to serrate, glabrous except towards the base; petiole poorly defined, rarely over 5 mm long.
Panicle 4-5 cm long, drooping; calyx c. 1.5 mm long, with suborbicular lobes; corolla c. 9 x 7 mm, white often tinged with green or pink.
Berry c. 20 mm diam., covered with conical papillae, deep-crimson when ripe.
Ross-Craig (1963) Drawings Brit. Pl. 19:t. 17.
Grown as an ornamental and naturalised in Vic., but doubtfully so in S.Aust.
S.Aust.: SL. Native to Europe.
Flowering time: May — Aug.
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