Eriobotrya japonica - Loquat
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Eriobotrya japonica - Loquat

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The Japanese Loquat is an architectural Evergreen, forming a large Shrub or Small Tree.

Eriobotrya or loquat are a really useful evergreen shrub or small tree. Loquats are often seen in mediterranean gardens where it is prized for it's tasty apricot like fruits. However here in the U. K we love it for it's hardiness and the wonderful dark green almost leathery leaves it produces. It makes a superb architectural evergreen shrub or small tree somewhat like a large leaved rhododendron but without being fussy about soil requirements and being fairly wind proof. Unfortunately for us unless you live in a very mild location the fragrant flowers are produced in winter and rarely produce fruits.

A fabulous plant and recommended for all exotic or architectural gardens

This much sought after fruit, botanically known as Eriobotrya japonica (the inference being it is actually Japanese) makes a handsome garden tree with its large attractive leaf form.

Also known as Japanese Medlar, Japanese plum or Chinese plum. Orginiated from China and is a member of the rosaceae, family.

Loquats usually flower in Autumn and fruits in the Spring, so in order for the tree to fruit it may be necessary to protect the blossom from the frost during the Winter months.

  • Self fertile.
  • Likes a sunny position.
  • Prefers free draining fertile soil.
  • Evergreen in habit.
  • In our experience it is hardy.
  • Golden orange fruits (about the size of very big cherries or apricots) set in clusters.
  • Loquats taste is a bit like a mix of peach, citrus and mild mango.
  • Scented yellowy flowers.
  • Can reach 16 - 33 feet (5 €“ 10 metres) however they are often smaller only reaching about 10 €“13 feet (3 €“ 4 metres).
  • An average tree can produce approximately 110lb (50 kg) of fruit given good conditions.
  • Culinary Uses
  • Good for making pies or tarts.
  • Excellent for making jam or jelly.
  • Can be used to make wine.
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