noun \är-ˈbyü-təs\

Definition of ARBUTUS

:  any of a genus (Arbutus) of shrubs and trees of the heath family with white or pink flowers and red or orange berries
:  a creeping plant (Epigaea repens) of the heath family that occurs in eastern North America and bears fragrant pink or white flowers in early spring

Origin of ARBUTUS

New Latin, from Latin, strawberry tree
First Known Use: 1548

Other Seed Plant Terms

aubergine, box, bramble, briar, composite, perpetual, pulse, trefoil


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of about 14 species (genus Arbutus) of broad-leaved evergreen shrubs or trees, in the heath family. Native to southern Europe and western North America, they are characterized by loosely clustered white or pink flowers and red or orange berries. A. menziesii (variously known as the madrona, Pacific madrona, laurelwood, and Oregon laurel) and A. unedo (the strawberry tree) are cultivated as ornamentals. The trailing arbutus belongs to the genus Epigaea.


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