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strawberry tree (plural strawberry trees)

  1. (botany) The cane apple, an evergreen shrub or small tree (Arbutus unedo), in family Ericaceae, native to the Mediterranean region and western Europe north to western France and Ireland, which bears fruits which resemble strawberries.
    1. Any of the other species of Arbutus, native to Europe and temperate North America, especially
      1. The madrone, Arbutus menziesii, an evergreen tree with rich orange-red bark which naturally peels away in thin sheets when mature, and which bears berries which are astringent but edible if prepared properly.
  2. Muntingia calabura in the family Malvaceae, native to the American tropics
  3. Myrica rubra in the family Myricaceae, the Chinese strawberry tree


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