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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