Hackfalls Arboretum – Tiniroto, Gisborne NZ

Monday, 2012 March 5

Arbutus x andrachnoides

Filed under: Arbutus x andrachnoides,Oak Paddock — Dick Bos @ 8:37 pm

Another flowering tree in the oak paddock today. The Arbutus x andrachnoides. The strawberry tree (family Ericaceae). I didn’t find any strawberries, but there are interesting flowers in it. This tree has catalogue number 1995 022. That means it’s only 17 years old! The catalogue says it’s a cross of A. andrachne and A. unedo. It comes from a nursery in Taranaki.

Arbutus x andrachnoides at Hackfalls Arboretum, Tiniroto, Gisborne NZ

There’s another one in the arboretum, closer to the homestead. I’ll see if I can find it.

On the internet I find that this is a natural hybrid of Arbutus unedo, the (common) strawberry tree, and Arbutus andrachne, the Greek strawberry tree, that is found in Greece and Cyprus.

I understand that the most interesting thing of this hybrid is the bark. And it has quite an amazing bark!

Arbutus x andrachnoides at Hackfalls Arboretum, Tiniroto, Gisborne NZ

But I made pictures because it was flowering. The flowers hang down in racemes.

Arbutus x andrachnoides at Hackfalls Arboretum, Tiniroto, Gisborne NZ

Arbutus x andrachnoides at Hackfalls Arboretum, Tiniroto, Gisborne NZ

Arbutus x andrachnoides at Hackfalls Arboretum, Tiniroto, Gisborne NZ

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5 Comments »

  1. Dear Mr. Bos,

    I wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your posts. I visited Hackfalls last year, we had the pleasure of spending the night there and I went round the oak collection with Bob. I inherited an oak collection in the Argentine from my father, who began it around 1992, so it is relatively young, but Bob Berry’s Hackfalls has been our model to strive for.

    Last year I was able to order from Appletons Nursery some acorns that had been collected at Hackfalls and others from Eastwoodhill, and some have germinated so I am proud to have Hackfalls representatives in my collection, though of course they are likely to be hybrids, etc.

    Please continue to post. Your words and images are much appreciated from the other side of the world. And please send my regards to Diane and to Bob and Lady Anne.

    Kind regards,

    Roderick Cameron

    Comment by Roderick Cameron — Monday, 2012 March 12 @ 2:43 am | Reply

    • Hi Roderick,thank you for your friendly comment! Unfortunately, this happens to be my last day at Hackfalls Arboretum for this season (after more than five months). It’s good to have the pictures as a kind of memory, when I’m back in Holland. And we still have a lot of pictures left, which we can post! Greetings, db

      Comment by Dick Bos — Monday, 2012 March 12 @ 10:37 am | Reply

  2. Leuk die bloemen, voor de vruchten moet je vast langer wachten. En inderdaad een hele mooie bast. Gr Karin

    Comment by bomennederland — Monday, 2012 March 12 @ 5:06 am | Reply

  3. Inderdaad Dick een mooie bast en bloemen, mooie opname trouwens.
    En ik ben ook wel een beetje blij dat ik nog net op de mule mijn mooie maaier kon zien,
    (1e foto) geeft weer een goed gevoel, tot gauw. gr. Kees

    Comment by Kees Aalbers — Monday, 2012 March 12 @ 6:00 am | Reply

    • Hi Kees, Today is my last day at Hackfalls Arboretum for this season, after more than five months! It’s good to have the pictures as a kind of memory, when I’m back in Holland. And we still have a lot of pictures left, which we can post! We’ll be in contact!
      Greetings, db

      Comment by Dick Bos — Monday, 2012 March 12 @ 10:35 am | Reply


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