Definition of arbutus
1 : any of a genus (Arbutus) of shrubs and trees of the heath family with white or pink flowers and red or orange berries
2 : 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
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Keeping neighborhood covenants about tree height in mind, Crooks brought in mature trees like katsura, maples and arbutus for screening, planting dark-leafed smoke bushes for contrast.
The flowers include red trillium, trailing arbutus and pink moccasin flower.
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Origin and Etymology of arbutus
New Latin, from Latin, strawberry tree
First Known Use: 1548See Words from the same year
Medical Definition of Arbutus
: a genus of shrubs and trees of the heath family (Ericaceae) having white or pink flowers and scarlet berries and including some from which arbutin is obtained
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