Taxonomy

Arbutus unedo | Strawberry-tree | Caithne

Distribution

Status

Native status

Native

Species Biology

Identification

Flowers: September – October; small clusters of white/pink urn-shaped flowers

Fruits: Dark red berry when ripe, resembling a strawberry

Twigs & bark: Evergreen; young twigs brown and hairy; bark reddish then grey-brown, shedding when mature

Habitat

Lakeshores, islands, wood margins, heathy scrub, rocky shallow soils 

Distribution

World distribution(GBIF)

Irish distribution

Rare but locally frequent, particularly south-west (Killarney), also Lough Gill Co. Sligo

Temporal change

Records submitted to Data Centre in 2021

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Further information

Has an unusual range, widespread in Spain & Portugal, native in the west of Ireland (planted elsewhere) but not in Britain.

 

 

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