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FRAGARIA x ananassa 'Tristar'

Image of Fragaria x ananassa 'Tristar'

James H. Schutte

Family

Rosaceae

Botanical Name

FRAGARIA x ananassa 'Tristar'

Plant Common Name

Garden Strawberry, Strawberry, Tristar Strawberry

General Description

Garden strawberries are hybrid herbaceous perennials grown for their sweet, aromatic red fruit. Introduced in 1981 by the USDA Agricultural Research Center, Beltsville, Maryland, 'Tristar' is a "day-neutral" cultivar which produces relatively small, firm, flavorful strawberries from late spring until early fall (with a pause during hot weather). Like most garden strawberries, it spreads by stolons to form expanding clumps of three-lobed leaves.

Highly adaptable, 'Tristar' succeeds in many regions (including the Northwest, Southeast, and Northeast U.S.) if sited in ample sun and fertile, moist, well-drained soil. It is a good choice for culinary gardens, containers, or "strawberry towers".

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    A1, A2, A3, H1, H2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Fruit

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    6"-8" / 15.2cm - 20.3cm

  • Width

    1'-2' / 0.3m - 0.6m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Mat-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White

  • Fruit Color

    Red

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    Yes

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    Yes

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Edging, Edible, Fruit / Fruit Tree, Hanging Basket, Herb / Vegetable

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    No