Vascular – Exotic
Dicotyledonous Trees & Shrubs
Small evergeen tree to about 6 m high. Stems hairy when young, becoming glabrous. Leaves opposite, to about 10 cm long on short petiole. Numerous pale yellow flowers. Fruit almost round 2-4 cm diameter, ripening to red.
Is often mistaken for Arbutus unedo (strawberry tree) but is easily distinguished as D. capitata has opposite leaves lacking teeth, and the fruit is not spiky.
Himalayas to W. China
capitata: From the Latin capitus ‘head’, with a knob-like head or tip
Reason For Introduction