Except for their bright red fruits and similar common names, the Strawberry Tree (Arbutus unedo) and the strawberry (Fragaria spp.) have nothing in common. This tree is valued as an ornamental broadleaf evergreen for gardens and it has a long history of appreciation in Western cultures.
The species name ‘unedo’ is attributed to Pliny the Elder who said of the fruit “Unum Tantum Edo” (Latin) meaning “I eat only one”.
Betula Nigra, known as the river birch, has beautiful shaggy bark and is resistant to the bronze birch borerRead more
The UW Farm attracts pollinators and builds soil with charming purple tansy.Read more
Spectacular Angel’s fishing rod shines in the summer garden.Read more
Don’t miss the New Zealand Flax now in full bloom in Pacific Connections.Read more
Beautiful primroses will brighten the damp areas of the garden.Read more
The exquisite flower buds on this North American native shrub look like dots of frosting on a decorated cake.Read more
Is that flowering kale still edible? UW farmers say “of course!”Read more
Our native grand fir … “is usually left in the forest to make music and distill incense.”Read more
One of the best conifers and most unusual for foliar effects in February is Taiwania cryptomerioides, the Coffin tree.Read more