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Description

The Marina strawberry tree easily grows into a handsome evergreen tree, capable of reaching 24-40 ft. tall and 20-25 ft. wide. It has rich dark green 3-4 in. long leaves, with lightly toothed margins. Pendulous clusters of attractive pink to rose colored flowers occur in spring and summer; showy reddish orange strawberry-like fruit mature in fall.

This tree is of unknown parentage and was discovered in San Francisco in 1984. It's combination of foliage, flower, bark and fruit character became quickly recognized and appreciated. In a very few years it has become one of the most popular choices for landscape and garden uses throughout California's coastal, inland and valley communities, including the Inland Empire. It grows best in our drier and warmer conditions of southern California in well-drained soils with regular moisture throughout the year. It is grown in nurseries with a single trunk or with a low branching habit to make it well suited for yards, patios and in raised planters.

Water Needs

The Marina strawberry tree is well adapted to sunny and partial shade exposures throughout the Inland Empire. In our region, it will grow faster and achieve larger sizes with moderate amounts of water throughout the year; mature trees can be maintained with low amounts of supplemental water during the summer. The chart shown below provides a baseline guide to the monthly irrigation schedule and volume of supplemental water needed to maintain healthy growth throughout the average year. It should be noted there are several months indicated by an asterisk (*) when winter rains can provide sufficient moisture and irrigation is not needed. It grows best with moderate amounts of water throughout the year, but mature trees can endure short periods of summer drought stress.

Irrigation Schedule and Graph

Moderate Water Use Plants

Irrigation Schedule 3

  Jan* Feb* Mar* Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov* Dec*
Runs per Month 0x to 3x 0x to 3x 0x to 3x 2x to 3x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 2x to 3x 0x to 3x 0x to 3x
Inches per Run 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1"
 
Inches per Month 0" to 3" 0" to 3" 0" to 3" 2" to 3" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 2" to 3" 0" to 3" 0" to 3"

Range of supplemental summer water: 9"-16"
Range of supplemental winter water: 0"-15"

 
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  Jan* Feb* Mar* Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov* Dec*
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Plant Properties

Plant Type: Tree
Foliage Character: Evergreen
Habit: Upright, Low-branching, Dense
Growth Rate: Moderate
Height: 20 ft. - 30 ft.
Width: 15 ft. - 20 ft.
Water Needs: Moderate 3
Foliage Color: Dark green
Flower Color: Pink
Flower Season: Winter
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil
Exposure Adaptations: All day sun, Partial sun
Function: Wildlife value, Specimen, Hummingbird plant, Flowering accent plant

Maintenance

Plant in fall or spring. Prune late fall into winter. Develops fruit that will drop and may stain patios, sidewalks, and streets. Can be grown as a multi-trunk or single trunk tree. Usually a strong grower, but occasionally young plants will suddenly appear to wilt and die, usually occurring within their first couple of years in the ground (D,S).

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