In my garden, strawberries grow in tubs in spring and summer, and on trees in autumn.
Well, one huge tree, anyway.
There are quite a few trees that bear red strawberry-looking fruits, but this one is Cornus capitata, also sometimes called 'Evergreen Dogwood', 'Head-flowered Dogwood', 'Bentham's Cornel', and 'Himalayan Strawberry Tree'.
The Cornus family is quite large, and includes the magnificent dogwood, and in fact the flowers of my tree do look quite a lot like dogwood flowers.
I have mixed feeling about this tree. I treasure it because it's a magnificent specimen, and is possibly as old as this house (over 100 years).
It's also very popular with the birds and I love to see the wax-eyes, black-birds and tuis feasting on the fruit in autumn. There seems always to be a tui singing up there, proclaiming his pleasantly full crop and joi de vivre.
I've posted previously about my strawberry Tree's inhabitants:
But although it's pretty, the fruit is tasteless, although some may consider the proported weak hallucinogenic properties to be worthy of a trial.
|A fruit of my Cornus capitata.|
|Cornus capitata fruit showing size.|
All autumn the lawn under the tree is all manky and squishy with dropped and decomposing fruit ...
|Cornus capitata seeds.|
|Seedlings come up very readily from Cornus capitata.|
I do like my strawberry tree. But I'd rather it was a plum tree.
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* Mark 4:5