Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Arbutus, a small genus of shrubs belonging to the Heath tribe, natives of northern temperate regions, usually evergreen, and broad-leaved. The globose or subcampanulate, white or pink corolla, resembling that of the lily-of-the-valley, is deciduous, and the five-chambered, many-seeded ovary forms a berry-like fruit. A south-European species, A. Unedo, the Strawberry-tree, grows perhaps indigenously at Killarney. The scarlet, strawberrylike fruit is edible.