The Strawberry Tree is a drought-tolerant, ornamental fruit tree that grows small, tart berries that taste like a blend of strawberry and mulberry. When growing in the ground a Strawberry Tree will grow up to thirty feet tall and eighteen feet wide. The trees bloom once a year in spring and their tiny white flowers look like strawberry blossoms. The half-inch to two-inch red berries ripen in about a year, and are usually harvested when when the next round of flowers start to arrive.
Strawberry Trees do best in the ground within USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 7 to 10, or in pots in Zones 4 to 10. Young trees have infrequent thorns, but mature trees lose their thorns and have smooth grey bark. Some small thorns may remain on higher branches, where they offer protection for nesting birds. Strawberry Trees have deep green leaves that produce dappled shade, and their delicious berries make these trees a welcomed member to the edible landscape.