Identification: Shrub with colourful fruits

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  1. David Wong

    David Wong Member

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    I was at QE Park this morning, and had walked past this path many times before and never noticed this shrub. A flock of bushtits flew to this shrub to feed. I then noticed very colourful red and orange fruits on the shrub and on the ground. What plant is this please?
     

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  2. Eric La Fountaine

    Eric La Fountaine Contributor UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Arbutus unedo. You see in the second photo it has recently bloomed. They can have flowers and fruit at the same time. Ericaceous flowers similar to our native Arbutus.
     
  3. David Wong

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    Thank you. Very interesting plant.
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    The fruit are edible, though rather bland without much flavour, and a bit gritty. Hence 'unedo' "I only eat one"!
     
  5. David Wong

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    They are so beautiful to be eaten.
    Would be a nice plant for the home garden.
     

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