Arbutus unedo, the strawberry tree, is an evergreen shrub or small tree in the family Ericaceae, native to the Mediterranean. Arbutus unedo grows to 5–10 m. It grows in hardiness zones hardiness zone 7-10. Arbutus unedo is quite an easy plant to cultivate and is adaptable to many climates.
Sowing: Sow at any time of the year. Sow on the surface of moist soil, do not cover the seed, and do not exclude light which is beneficial to germination. Place in the fridge or other cold places between 2-5°C for 6-8 weeks. Then, move to a propagator or seal in a polythene bag and maintain an optimum temperature of 18-20°C. Germination can be slow and erratic but can occur after 2-3 months. As the seedlings emerge, gradually increase ventilation by opening the bag or propagator vents. Transplant seedlings when large enough to handle into 7.5cm pots. Grow on in cooler conditions with plenty of light, but shaded from direct sun. In the spring, gradually acclimatize to outdoor conditions and grow on until mature enough to be planted out in the garden. Likes a sunny position in well-drained soil. Protect young plants from strong, cold winds.