Arbutus unedo, the strawberry tree, is an evergreen shrub or small tree in the family Ericaceae, native to the Mediterranean region and western Europe north to western France and Ireland.
The given name for this tree is Arbutus unedo. Unedo comes from the Latin phrase unum edo, which translates to "I eat one." This may be in reference to the fact that the fruits are often not very tasty if eaten out of hand, and a curious person would have to partake of only one before finding that out. The strawberry tree belongs to the Ericaceae family. In addition to a strawberry tree, Arbutus unedo is also called Killarney strawberry tree, Irish strawberry tree, cane apples, Dalmation strawberry, or simply arbutus. On the coat of arms for the city of Madrid, Spain, a bear is reaching up to grab fruit from a strawberry tree.