The Strawberry Tree is a drought-resistant, ornamental fruit tree that produces small, tart berries that have a taste that is between a strawberry and a mulberry. When grown in the ground the Strawberry Tree will reach a mature size of between 15 and 30 feet tall, and 12 to 18 feet wide. The annual blooms are small, white, bell-shaped and hang down in clusters from branch ends. The fruit takes one year to ripen, and is picked when the next round of blooms appears.
Strawberry Trees are suitable for growing in the ground in USDA Zones 7 to 11, or in a container in Zones 4 to 11. When trees are young they have thorns, but as the trees mature, the thorns go away on the main trunk and leave behind a smooth bark. Some thorns remain on upper branches, which provide protection for nesting birds, while the dark green leaves create ample shade.