Of Mediterranean origin, Arbutus is a slow-growing shrub with decorative evergreen foliage. The Atlantic variety, bred by French nurseryman Minier, has a compact habit. It flowers from the end of August, in the form of white bells reminiscent of lily of the valley. A year later, these honey-bearing flowers will have produced fruits 3 to 4 cm in diameter, which are yellow-orange in colour and when riped turn red. So, in autumn, this shrub will bear flowers and fruit at the same time. The fruit is attractive to birds.