Mystery tree with a mystery berry

There is a tree / shrub growing in the grounds of Lazenby House on Prince of Wales Road (next to Hope Hall) at the University of Exeter where I work.

Here are the fruits – anyone got any idea what it is? It is not a native and I guess it was planted as part of the exotic collection.

Mystery solved via Social Media – it’s a Strawberry Tree


6 thoughts on “Mystery tree with a mystery berry

  1. Looks like Arbutus unedo (strawberry tree) is an evergreen shrub or small tree in the family Ericaceae, native to the Mediterranean region and western Europe north to western France and Ireland

  2. Yep, a strawberry tree. My City council have just recently felled one in my local park, along with loads of other trees and shrubs on the pretence that they are doing some restoration work, which is a blatant lie. Going to do an article on their so called restoration project, will leave you a ping back.

  3. Hi Adrian

    I would say it is an Arbutus fruit, (possibly Arbutus unedo marina), commonly called the Strawberry or Lychee tree, often seen in Ireland and Southern Europe. There is a small one in Bury Meadow Park by the intersection of Howell and Elm Grove Roads.

    Exeter University campus has some great trees and a very pleasant landscape which makes good use of the topography. I enjoy your blog. All the best for your PHD.

    Best wishes


    James Brown

    Landscape Architect, CMLI

    Tel: 01752 941312

    Mobile: 0793 141 1633


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