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Municipality of Arbúcies (Selva County, Girona Province, Catalonia, Spain)

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[Municipality of Arbúcies (Selva County, Girona Province, Catalonia, Spain)] 2:3
by Blas Delgado
Flag adopted 21 April 1993



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Description

Diagonally divided, blue top hoist, white diagonal stripe as wide as 1/3 of the diagonal's length, green bottom fly. On the white stripe, a [vertical] strawberry tree [arbutus unedo] branch, green with red fruits. Ratio 2:3.

Colours from the coat-of-arms. The strawberry tree (arboç) branch is canting. Flag adopted 21st April 1993. Source for image and text: Fluvià 2001.

Some additional information, extracted from this webpage of the Statistics Institute of Catalonia (Idescat):

Area (km2): 86.2
County: Selva
Population (2001): 5,126

Santiago Dotor, 30 November 2001

Arbutus unedo L. (the shrub) is arbutus or strawberry tree, and its fruit is arbutus. Arbutus is a member of Ericaceae family, like heather, and is a typical Mediterranean shrub (maximum height 9 m, so in some cases it might be more a tree than a shrub). Anyway, the shrub can be found locally up to northwestern Ireland. Flowering occurs in October-November, and the fruit (a berry of ca. 2cm in diameter, first yellow but red when mature), although rather sour, is edible. It is locally used in Southern France to produce a liquor, but rarely eaten as fruit. There is also an arbutus on the flag of Madrid city.

Ivan Sache, 30 November 2001

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