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Products > Arbutus 'Marina' (Standard)
 
Arbutus 'Marina' (Standard) - Marina Strawberry Tree
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Tree
Family: Ericaceae (Heaths, Heathers)
Origin: Europe, Southern (Europe)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Pink
Bloomtime: Year-round
Synonyms: [Arbutus x andrachnoides 'Marina']
Parentage: (Arbutus unedo x A. andrachne)
Height: 40-50 feet
Width: 25-40 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
Arbutus 'Marina' (Marina Strawberry Tree) - A medium-sized evergreen tree, growing to 25-50 + feet tall with a broad dense crown. The tree's growth causes the older bark to peel away from the trunk and branches revealing the beautiful shiny red new bark underneath. The pendulous clusters of urn-shaped white-blushed-pink flowers are produced year-round along the coast with peaks in spring and fall. The flowers are followed by red edible fruit. Considered to be drought tolerant, but looks best with occasional summer watering. Plant in full sun. Hardy to 15-20 degrees F with some tip damage on young plants with temperatures in the low 20's F. This tree is likely a selection of Arbutus x andrachnoides which is a hybrid between Arbutus unedo and Arbutus andrachne. It was introduced by the Saratoga Horticultural Foundation from cuttings taken from a tree in the San Francisco garden of Carla and Victor Reiter. The origin of this tree is a bit of a mystery. Mr. Reiter's tree, planted in his garden in 1944, had been acquired in 1933 when he was allowed to take vegetative cuttings from a boxed specimen at the Strybing Arboretum. The Strybing Arboretum, under director Eric Walther, had purchased the boxed tree from the closing-down sale of Western Nursery on Lombard Street in the Marina District. Charles Abrahams, the owner of Western Nursery, was thought to have taken cuttings from trees that were sent from Europe for a horticultural display at the 1915 Pan Pacific International Exposition, one of which was probably this beautiful tree. Sadly, this historic and beautiful specimen tree in the Reiter's garden began to fall over and was cut down in 2006. The tree in our nursery garden was planted in 1989 and was and was officially measured on July 24 2013 for inclusion on the California Big Tree Registry at 44 feet 10 inches tall with an average crown spread of 53 feet 5 inches wide and a trunk circumference of 108".  This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Arbutus 'Marina'.
 
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