Arbutus x andrachnoides

arb andrachnoides3

Ireland is the perfect place to mention the strawberry tree, Arbutus unedo, because this lovely, evergreen tree with small, white, heather-like flowers and dense, stringy cinnamon bark is native to the Atlantic coast of Portugal, Spain and, surprisingly Ireland. Good though this tree is, I was struck, the other week, by the beauty of the related Arbutus x andrachnoides, a hybrid between the native plant and the more tender, Greek, Arbutus andrachne.

arb andrachnoides4

The hybrid is larger than the native tree and has inherited the peeling, beautiful bark of the Greek tree. It is especially beautiful in winter when the low sun can shine on the bark below the canopy of leaves. The flowers are small and white and, though useful for opening so late in the year, are almost a distraction.

arb andrachnoides2

Having rained just minutes before the sun came out, the bark shone in the light.

arb andrachnoides

arb andrachnoides23

 

 

 

, , ,

5 Comments on “Arbutus x andrachnoides”

  1. sueturner31
    January 20, 2015 at 10:09 am #

    Beautiful… I think this is the one growing at Bodnant N’ Wales…always liked it…

  2. ontheedgegardening
    January 21, 2015 at 8:10 am #

    A beautiful tree, I love a good bark – woof! (sorry)

  3. Maria F.
    January 22, 2015 at 12:08 am #

    Beautiful, we have a “rainbow” Eucaliptus tree here but native to Australia.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Ravenscourt Gardens

Learning life's lessons in the garden!

One Good Life in Los Angeles

Roslyn's observations about places and events around Southern California

IGPS Blog

The Irish Garden Plant Society - Lovers of Irish plants and gardens

AltroVerde

un altro blog sul giardinaggio...

vegetablurb

four decades of organic vegetable gardening and barely a clue

The Long Garden Path

A walk round the Estate!

Flowery Prose

Sheryl Normandeau's growing words....

ontheedgegardening

Gardening on the edge of a cliff

Uprooted Magnolia

I am a freelance Photographer born and raised in the Southeast. I have uprooted my life in Macon Georgia for a new life as an unlikely cowgirl in love with a handsome cowboy in Wyoming. I hope you enjoy my photo journal on life, love, and the spirit of Wyoming.

Interesting Literature

A Library of Literary Interestingness

Garden Variety

A Gardening, Outdoor Lifestyle and Organic Food & Drink Blog

For the Love of Iris

Articles, Tips and Notes from Schreiner's Iris Gardens

One Bean Row

Words and pictures from an Irish garden by Jane Powers

Plant Heritage

The world's leading garden plant conservation charity

HERITAGE IRISES

An English experience of gardening in Ireland - and back in the UK

%d bloggers like this: