Two types of strawberry trees are grown in the United States, the Chinese and the European strawberry tree. The Chinese strawberry tree grows larger, up to 15 feet tall and 15 ft wide, densely covered with leaves with an increasing productive capacity of berries each year as the tree matures. The trees are self pollinating and the twigs contain thorns. The European strawberry tree produces a similar looking fruit and is thornless. The European strawberry tree is confined to grow in the more Southern states and lacks the cold hardiness of the Chinese strawberry tree.
Strawberry & other Fruit Trees
Planting a Strawberry Tree
European Strawberry Tree
The strawberry tree is very easy to grow and can withstand drought or extreme cold. Strawberry trees also thrive on the coast of the United States and it is salt water tolerant. The berries are easy to pick and grow in thick dense clusters with bright shiny leaves.
A unique characteristic of the strawberry is that young trees are covered with sharp thorns, but these thorns disappear as the tree ages and the bark becomes woody.
In Europe the rusty brown bark of the European Arbutus Strawberry tree begins to peel during the spring to reveal new bright green bark tissue that remains smooth and ornamental until the next season.