On my walk at Lincoln Park this week I stopped to admire this giant shrub – or is it a tree? – and its brightly colored berries!
No they’re not really strawberries – apparently so bland that even the birds ignore them – its botanical name is Arbutus Unedo, native to the Mediterranean. But what it lacks in taste it makes up for in beauty!
Kind of a tree for Squares and Berries for Cee’s Flower of the Day.
How funny! I posted the exact same tree this morning. Here in the Algarve the fruits are distilled into medronho, a very potent spirit. 🙂 🙂
Interesting! It’s such a beautiful tree and the fruit is so beautiful! I read the berries were edible but very bland. I didn’t know they were distilled into fiery spirit! 🙂
I was about to say that, Jo. We have a bottle of medronhos in our fridge!
Sounds good – in moderation, right? 🙂
Cool! Terrific photos!
Thanks John! Isn’t it a gorgeous shrub? I’d love to have one in the garden! And a fellow blogger just told me that in Europe the berries are distilled into a very potent spirit!
I wonder if I could plant one!
I bet it would do great there!
oh wow how fabulous you are sharing this when Jo did the very same today. Love how squarers brings bloggers together. There are always so many coincidences every month. Jo is right the drink is fiery – I am not too keen on it but MrB quite likes it!
Isn’t that fun? We both had the same idea today with these beautiful trees! It’s great to connect with bloggers from around the world and educational too, as I learned that the berries are distilled into a potent drink!
Such fun 😀
I had never seen or heard of those. Very unusual, Susanne.
Best wishes, Pete.
Apparently plentiful around the Mediterranean and another blogger told me the fruit can be distilled into a potent spirit! I think it’s beautiful just to look at. 😊
Sure look like strawberrys. Pretty.
Thanks. It’s a pretty cool tree.😊
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Looks so amazing 🙂
Thank you! It’s a unique and beautiful tree!
We used to see these in southern France. Not the best of fruits, but well … free food eh?
I heard they weren’t good for eating but they sure are pretty to look at!
And I would try them in a pinch!
They won’t kill you – or excite you!
I read that even the birds ignore them!! 😄