Arbutus xalapensis

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Arbutus xalapensis Kunth

Ericaceae

Life form: tree

Exposure: sun  

Moisture: moderately moist

Soil: sandy loam - Soil: gritty loam

Arrangement: alternate
Leaves: evergreen

Shape: elliptic

Division: simple

Shape: pitcher-shaped
Fruit: berry

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Inflorescence: panicle

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Rosopsida
Subclassis:
Dilleniidae
Superordo:
Ericanae
Ordo:
Ericales

Arbutus xalapensis is a tree.

Naming

Arbutus xalapensis was described by Karl Sigismund Kunth in 1819. The name is considered as validly published.

Taxonomy

Arbutus xalapensis is a species in the genus Arbutus which contains approximately 11 to 31 species and belongs to the family of the Ericaceae (Heath Family).

Characteristics

Growth

The trees reach heights of 2 to 4 metres.

Wood and Bark

Leaves

Arbutus xalapensis is evergreen. The simple leaves are alternate. They are elliptic and petiolate with entire margins and pinnate venation. The surface of the leaves is leathery.

Flowers and Fruits

Arbutus xalapensis produces panicles of white pitcher-shaped flowers from March to April.

The trees produce berries.

Root System

The plants form tap roots.

Distribution

Arbutus xalapensis is native to Mexico.

Cultivation

The trees prefer a sunny situation on moderately moist soil. The substrate should be sandy-loamy or gritty-loamy soil.

Uses

Maintenance and Propagation

Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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