Arbutus: looking for short (less than 5 feet) strawberry tree

Discussion in 'Ericaceae (rhododendrons, arbutus, etc.)' started by mcb, Jun 9, 2007.

  1. mcb

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    In Olympia, WA- we want to plant a strawberry tree in our front yeard, but the tree needs to be no more than 5 ft- any recommendations?
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    'Elfin King'. Will have to hunt to find it, maybe even order through the mail. <i>Have</i> seen it on local (garden center) market in past, but not lately. Also check on height expectation for 'Oktoberfest'.
     
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    Thanks for the lead- I have a few "regular" madrones on our property, but the little guy is what we want in front.

    MCB
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Try a manzanita (Arctostaphylos)
     
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    I had not thought of manzanita, perhaps it will grow here in the Northwest of the US? I am familiar with it from my time in Califiornia, though. MCB
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    One of the manzanitas featured in Botany Photo of the Day (BPotD) a year or two ago, if I remember the text rightly, it was growing in the UBC gardens and lasted quite a number of years but was finally killed in an unusually hard winter. Maybe Daniel can clarify, or see if there's a searchable index to BPotD.
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Hairy manzanita is native to region but can be hard to locate in commerce, keep good-looking in garden. Nevertheless, mature specimens are scattered about Seattle properties.
     
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    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Yep, that was the one I was thinking of, thanks!
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    A. manzanita is does well in gardens here, makes a handsome specimen but tends to exceed 5 ft. The 'Dr Hurd' cultivar has been on the local market recently, background information for this one has also been on the web.
     
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    Pity you are not in London UK, you could have had the one I have for free, already in a tub!

    I have already advertised it on this forum for anyone in U.K to pick it up for free!

    Best regards.
     
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    Thanks all for your responses to date. The ideas of the responses have helped a great deal.

    MCB
     

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