Trying to identify these berries

Asked October 29, 2019, 10:36 AM EDT

Along the river at Willamette Boat Launch in Portland, we came across these berries - which covered the ground, after becoming red vs. the orange/yellow when still on the tree. Do you know what they are?

Multnomah County Oregon plant identification strawberry tree

1 Response

Thank you for choosing Ask an Expert for help with identifying this local tree. It is the Arbutus unedo, also called a strawberry tree (for the look of the berries, I expect).

The berries can be made into jam and are also fermented for other uses. Read more about this attractive plant, which can be pruned to be a shrub or tree, here:

https://landscapeplants.oregonstate.edu/plants/arbutus-unedo

Regards,