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The Dwarf strawberry tree grows into a large shrub, slowly reaching 8-12 ft. tall and as wide. It has dense, evergreen foliage comprised of leathery dark green leaves with toothed margins, 2-3 in. long. Clusters of white to pink urn-shaped flowers are attractive in late fall and early winter.

This dwarf cultivar of the Mediterranean strawberry tree is perhaps one of the best large evergreen shrubs for Inland Empire gardens. It grows slowly, but provides lush foliage value for many years, and with age, can be pruned to reveal interesting form, trunk and bark characteristics. It is commonly used as a specimen plant in raised planters, background screens and as a foundation plant. It grows best on well-drained soil and with low amounts of summer water.

Water Needs

The Dwarf strawberry tree is highly adaptable to varying moisture and irrigation practices in ornamental gardens. Young plants will grow faster with moderate amounts of water throughout the year; established plants grow well with periodic deep irrigation in the summer.

The chart shown below provides a recommended 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 marked by an asterisk (*) when winter rains can provide sufficient moisture and irrigation is not needed. The high and low range of moisture indicates it can grow with varying amounts of water; more supplemental water commonly results in a longer growing season and larger sizes.

Irrigation Schedule and Graph

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Irrigation Schedule 2

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

Range of supplemental summer water: 7"-14"
Range of supplemental winter water: 0"-10"

  Jan* Feb* Mar* Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov* Dec*
For more information on how to use this Irrigation Schedule and Graph, follow this link.

For information how to calculate your irrigation system’s schedule and precipitation rate, please follow this link.

Plant Properties

Plant Type: Shrub
Foliage Character: Evergreen
Habit: Upright, Low-branching, Dense
Growth Rate: Slow
Height: 8 ft. - 12 ft.
Width: 8 ft. - 12 ft.
Water Needs: Low 2
Foliage Color: Dark green
Flower Color: Pink, White
Flower Season: Winter, Fall
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil, Clay, Alkaline soil, Acidic soil
Exposure Adaptations: All day sun
Function: Screening, Hummingbird plant, Foundations, Espalier, Container plant, Hedge


A compact shrub that generally needs very little maintenance. If pruning for form or structure, this is best done in late winter before spring growth (D).



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