Arbute

Arbute

The strawberry tree, a genus of evergreen shrubs, of the heath family. It has a berry externally resembling the strawberry; the arbute tree.

(Science: botany) trailing arbutus, a creeping or trailing plant of the heath family (Epigaea repens), having white or usually rose-coloured flowers with a delicate fragrance, growing in small axillary clusters, and appearing early in the spring; in new England known as mayflower.

Synonym: ground laurel.

Origin: L. Arbutus, akin to arbor tree.


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