So we arrive in the middle of July, another magnificent month which sees plants and animals of all shape and size come into their own. This month, itís time to settle down and enjoy the garden, and admire all of the wildlife that comes with it.
"Many thanks for the delivetry of our plant - a very nice specimen in perfect condition. We are so please with it, we shall be ordering another one today.." Thank you. M Brown
Arbutus andrachnoides is a hybrid between the Grecian strawberry tree A. andrachne and the more familiar Kilarney strawberry tree A. unedo. It shares a number of characteristics from both parents, including a relatively hardy constitution along with evergreen foliage, plus stunning cinnamon red bark, urn shaped white flowers, which fade to a delicate pink appearing in autumn and winter along with those fascinating and conspicuous red strawberry like fruits.
Superb cinnamon coloured peeling bark is just one of the delights Arbutus Marina can offer along evergreen glossy deep green leaves plus the well known opaque white flowers with a hint of pink during late summer which are followed in autumn by the red strawberry like fruits for which these trees are aptly named
'Madrona' - a beautiful small tree or shrub with smooth red-brown bark, peeling late in the summer to reveal the new green bark. Orange yellow fruits follow panicles of off-white flowers in late spring.